Lou Camp, Former Registrar, Praised for Efficiency

Louise Camp, the lead administrator of the UNM School of Law for many years, died in late October. She was 91.

Camp came to the law school in the 1950s, when the faculty was small and the support staff consisted of herself and another person. “Dean” Camp, as she was known, served as registrar, accountant and in charge of alumni relations and looked out for all the students. She retired in 1983.

“She was efficient and effective,” says Professor Ted Occhialino.

Former Dean Fred Hart credits her with convincing bright students to enroll at the young school.

One of those students, Charles Blackwell (`72), now Chickasaw Nation Ambassador to the United States, was one of her recruits.

“I walked into the law school and asked Lou for information about the school. She took one look at me and asked where I was from, whether I was a resident or non-resident,” he said. “When I told her I was Chickasaw/Choctaw, she asked me to wait and then Dean Hart appeared. Things happened quickly after that.”

The law school was in its second year of the Indian Law program and Camp made it her mission to recruit Native American students.

“I loved her clarity of thought and beautiful penmanship,” said Blackwell.