Former Governor Bruce King Dies at Home

Bruce KingBruce King, who led his beloved State of New Mexico as governor for three terms, died early Friday morning at his ranch in Stanley. He was 85.

In 2001, King, known as “The Cowboy Governor”, donated his personal papers to the UNM School of Law to establish an archive for the use of researchers interested in public policy and New Mexico governmental issues and history.

In making the announcement of his death, his son, Attorney General Gary King ('83) said, “Bruce King would be the first one to tell us all that death is just another phase in the cycle of life and that we must go on with our lives trying to do the best we can while helping others make their way too. None of us in the family thought this day would come so soon after we lost my mom, Alice King, but we are comforted by the thought that Bruce and Alice can be together once again."

Alice King died in December 2008.

The collection consists of more than 900,000 items, including nearly 2,000 photographs. An online index of the documents is available through the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.

As part of its commitment to preserving King’s legacy, the UNM School of Law has initiated a lecture series on his wide-sweeping contribution to the shaping of modern New Mexico.

King Archives and Reading Room at the UNM School of Law

Panel Examines Gov. Bruce King’s Impact on New Mexico

Honoring the Legacy of Alice King