Stewart Rose III, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Mexico, passed away at his Albuquerque home on March 27, 2012.
Rose moved to New Mexico in 1949 and began a life-long love affair with the state’s natural world. He enjoyed horse-pack trips through the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, sailing his home-made Hobi on Cochiti Lake, hunting with the Juan Tomas Hounds and shooting his potato cannon at mountain-man rendezvous’.
He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1956.
Rose was a name partner in the law firms of McNeany, Rose & Sholer and Ashby, Rose & Sholer before being appointed to the federal bench in 1982. For the following 16 years he served in positions that included chief bankruptcy judge, judge on the Appellate Panel of the 10th Circuit and visiting judge for the districts of Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Southern Florida.
In 1992, he received an Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the State Bar of New Mexico.
April 2, 2012