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Former ENMU-R instructor to be honored in ceremony

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Students in the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program will recognize a former student, instructor and director of the program during a plaque dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 27.

The ceremony, organized by AMT graduate Randy Hamill and his wife, Pat, will pay tribute to Jerry DeLosh from 11 a.m. to noon in the AMT Center at 12 W. Challenger.

A special plaque created in DeLosh’s memory will be placed in the lobby of the AMT Center.

DeLosh joined the faculty in the summer of 1974, having graduated from the program two years earlier. That was when the program shared the S-85 hangar with most of the other trade courses at ENMU-Roswell. The new building on the edge of the flight line was completed in 1978. Under his guidance, the program was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the fleet of training aircraft in the hangar expanded. DeLosh retired from the campus in 2010 and passed away in 2018.

DeLosh was the longest-serving instructor for the program, and he worked in the field even as he trained students to become aviation mechanics. He also served as a Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) for the students, including Ty Whatley, who is now an AMT instructor.

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“The most expensive aircraft in the hangar are here because of his efforts,” said Whatley. “The pressurized C421, the Mitsubishi Turbo prop, the C 210, the Acroduster biplane (which he repaired between semesters after an accident) and the crown jewel, the Bell 204, which he also painted in between semesters. The slick program that he was part of creating and polishing was instrumental in inspiring me to become an instructor here. There are hundreds of people all over the world making good livings that had the benefit of his instruction,” said Whatley.

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