Bobby Haddock Memorial Scholarship

2005-06 Recipient

Manuel Rivera

by Kathleen Hedges

SOCORRO, N.M., April 5, 2002 -- A scholarship has been established at New Mexico Tech in the memory of Bobby Dean Haddock, a former Socorro resident and longtime judge for the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair, held annually on the Tech campus. The scholarship will benefit an electrical engineering student.

Bobby Haddock grew up in Socorro and was a 1958 graduate of Socorro High School. He married Sallie Dailey, also of Socorro, in 1969. Both Bobby and Sallie attended New Mexico Tech and are alumni with associate's degrees. Bobby worked during his college years with Dynalectron (now DynCorp) and was transferred to Alamogordo in 1972, before he could complete a degree. However, because he wanted to hold a degree from Tech, he later transferred credits he earned at other colleges to Tech, to qualify for a degree.

Bobby's mother, the late Pearl V. Haddock, was a pioneer in the field of education in Socorro County and the City of Socorro. She was a principal and teacher in many Socorro County Schools during the 1930s and 1940s. Pearl Haddock was known not only for bringing education to children, but also for caring about the quality of children's lives, and for her kindness and generosity to those in need.

Bobby was a firm believer in the benefits of education. He volunteered to judge in Science Fair for 20 years and, as a member of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association of New Mexico (PACA), got the organization involved in sponsoring an award given at the fair.

During Bobby's career, he was responsible for the overall management of several Air Force R&D contracts at four Air Force bases, including Kirtland.

Bobby passed away on April 10, 1999, in Albuquerque. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Paul C. Haddock, a 1995 Tech graduate with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering; and daughter, Pamela Haddock Buckley, a 1996 Tech graduate with an associate's degree. Bobby is also survived by his mother-in-law Peggy Paxton Dailey of Socorro and brother-in-law, Tom Dailey, a 1968 Tech graduate.

The Haddock family would particularly like to thank the members of the Albuquerque Chapter of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association for establishing this scholarship in his memory. They would also like to thank Claron and Sharon Waggoner and members of the Socorro community who knew Bobby and contributed to this scholarship.


Donations may be sent to:

Office for Advancement
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