Lillian Herkenhoff Memorial Fund

The Herkenhoff name has been associated with the New Mexico School of Mines since 1920, when Mrs. Lillian Herkenhoff became supervisor of the campus' dining and residence halls, serving terms from 1920 to 1933 and 1941 to 1950. "Mrs. Herky," as she was affectionately known to School of Mines students, was the Grand Matron of Tech residence halls and was regarded as a second mother by the many students she took under her wing. As a young widow who raised four children on her own, Mrs. Herkenhoff became a role model in her era and for generations after.

Her three sons, Gordon, Walter, and Earl, all graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines and had distinguished careers as engineers. Her daughter, Harriet, married a School of Mines student. The family has remained deeply connected to New Mexico Tech.

This endowment will fund a professorship in Mineral Engineering in the name of Lillian Herkenhoff as well as provide monies for scholarships and mineral purchases for the Mineral Museum at New Mexico Tech.

Donations may be sent to:

Advancement Office
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, N.M. 87801

To contact us, please call 1-800-428-TECH or email advancement@admin.nmt.edu