by George Zamora
Right: Alex Thyssen and John P. Eastham
SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 23, 2007 – Longtime Albuquerque attorney John P. “Jack” Eastham recently was honored by the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation upon his retirement from the foundation’s board of trustees after completing 46 years of service on the board.
An oak and bronze plaque commemorating Eastham’s dedicated service was presented to him by Alex K. Thyssen, executive director of the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation, at a retirement luncheon held at the Rancher’s Club in Albuquerque.
“I’ve always felt that Jack was the founding father of the foundation,” Thyssen said during the presentation.
In fact, Eastham is indeed one of the original founding members of the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation, and has always played a pivotal role in guiding the nonprofit foundation’s mission, vision, and directives, Thyssen continued.
“During Jack’s 46 years on the board, the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation has grown from its initial $30,000 in assets to now more than $28 million in assets,” Thyssen said.
In addition, Eastham was instrumental in negotiating and resolving several commercial litigations in the United States and Europe involving the New Mexico Tech Research Foundation’s ownership of the patent for the world-famous nicotine patch.
“Jack’s been there for the foundation since the start,” Thyssen related. “He was one of the original board trustees who worked to get New Mexico Tech its first computer, which was the first major effort mounted by the foundation and which was supported at the time by donations from a lot of people in Socorro.”
The New Mexico Tech Research Foundation currently makes available more than $1.3 million each year in scholarships to New Mexico Tech students and financial support to the university’s various research and educational activities.