In Memory

Arthur Leon DeVolder - Class Of 1936

Arthur Leon DeVolder



DeVolder, Arthur L., age 89 a resident of Albuquerque since 1962 died on Friday April 4, 2008.   He was preceded in death by wife of 34 years, Jean E. DeVolder, in 1981 and son, L. Scott DeVolder, in 1988.  He is survived by his sons, Peter L. Welch, and wife Jackie of Pagosa Springs, CO and Mark J, DeVolder and wife Barbara of Los Alamos, daughter Anne C Tarleton and husband, Glen Michael of Taos: Grandchildren, Christy Tarleton, Tracy Taleton and Derek Welch: Great Granddaughter Brandy McKnelly, and brothers Maurice DeVolder and wife Martha of Sebring FK and Irene DeVolder and wife Alice of Tucson, AS.  Arthur was born in South Bend IN.  

Received BA in Public Administration from Indiana University: BSLS from University of Denver: MA in government and Citizenship at University of New Mexico.  He was a librarian at Tocoma, WA Public Library, Chico State Library, University of Oregon Library, Twin Fall, ID Public Library and University  of New Mexico Library While at UNM, he was an Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Technical Services, Acting Dean of Library Services and later, Curator of the John Gaw Meem Collection.

Arthur retired from UNM in 1978, He was a member of the Idaho State Library Association, Pacific Northwest Library Association, New Mexico Library Association, Albuquerque Library Association, and Southwest Library Association, 


He published many articles and several books, including “A Woodworker’s Library”, “Guadalupe Victoria”, and “Santa Maria Mission at McCartys, NM”.

He was an avid woodworker and operated ArtCraft studio for a number of years.  Art loved to dance and spent many happy hours on the dance floor with his very special friend, Shirley Allen.

 Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas NE


Interment of cremated remains will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd, NE.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gift Coordinator, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System, 501 Copper Ave. NE Albuquerque, NM 87012