Albert Mulliken, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the age of 77 surrounded by his loving family in Roswell, New Mexico after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Albert was born on June 14, 1933 in Columbus, Kan. to Laurance Reed and Cecil French Mulliken.
He graduated from Cherokee County Community High School in Columbus, Kan. in 1951. He received a football scholarship to the University of Kansas and graduated in June 1955 with a B.A. Degree in Zoology. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Kansas City in June 1959 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
Albert moved with his family to Roswell and opened his practice of general dentistry in August 1959. He closed his practice on September 3, 2010 after 51 years of service. He held dental licenses in three states: New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri, and with the National Dental Board.
Over his career, Albert’s professional memberships included the Pecos Valley Dental Study Club, the Eastern New Mexico Dental Society, the New Mexico Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Federation Dentaire International, the American Association of Dental Examiners, the American Institute of Oral Biology, the Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He was a Member, Examiner, and President of the New Mexico State Board of Dentistry from 1983-1989, Committee Chairman, Vice-President, President-Elect, and President (1993-1994) of the New Mexico Dental Association, New Mexico Grass Roots Chairman of the America Dental Association, and a member of the Western Regional Examining Board. He was a mentor and lecturer for the Roswell Dental Assistants Program at Eastern New Mexico University — Roswell and served the Head Start dental program for over 25 years.
An active member of the community, Albert previously served as a member and President (1973-1974) of the Roswell Rotary Club for over fifty years. He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow in December 1988 and recently became an Honorary Member, honors of which he was extremely proud. He served as a Director of the United Way of Chaves County, Director of the Eastern New Mexico Medical Foundation, Board Member of the Chaves County Cancer Society, Member of the YMCA, Director of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Internal Vice-President of the Roswell Jaycees, Director of the Roswell Country Club, Director of Security National Bank, Director of Sunwest Bank of Roswell, Vice-President and Director of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, Member of the Advisory Board of the Chaves County Headstart Program, Member of Roswell Lodge #18 A.F. & A.M., Honorary Board Member of the Assurance Home, and Acting Chairman of the Roswell Downtown Urban Renewal Committee.
An avid sports fan, Albert enjoyed watching the Kansas Jayhawks, the Goddard Rockets, and any activity that included his beloved children and grandchildren. He served as a Director of the Babe Ruth Baseball Association, Director of the Goddard High School Booster Club, Assistant Basketball Coach at the Yucca Youth Center, and Coach at the Noon Optimist Little League. He also served as Assistant Cub Scout Master for the Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association and Greater University Fund, the Golden Spade Club of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the NMMI, Goddard and Roswell High School Booster Clubs.
Albert was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He served two terms on the vestry, including the position of Junior and Senior Warden. He took part in the Men’s Group, was a Sunday school teacher, a choir member, and Cursillo Team Member.
He is preceded in death by his father, Laurance, and mother, Cecil.
Albert is survived by his wife, Jodene, whom he married on December 27, 1969 in Coffeyville, Kan. They have five children, daughter, Annie Hartman and son-in-law Bill of Bernalillo, New Mexico; son, Del Jurney and daughter-in-law Kristie of Roswell; daughter, Sarah Smyer and son-in-law Zack of Tuttle, Okla.; son, Reed Mulliken and daughter-in-law Bernadette of Plainview, Texas; and son, Matthew Mulliken and daughter-in-law Ellie of Heath, Texas. He is survived by eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His sister, Elaine Mulliken, survives him in Lawrence, Kan., as does his brother-in-law Leo Sandon, his wife Marvel Lou, nephews Stephen and Phillip, one great-niece, and one great nephew, of Tallahassee, Fla.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 11, 2001 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 505 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Roswell, New Mexico 88201, with the Reverend Tom Gray, the Reverend Frank Wilson, the Reverend Maurice Geldert, and the Reverend Gay Wellborn presiding.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Bassett, Jim Bruin, John Funk, Lewis Hightower, Jim Lankford, Bill Liakos, Ronnie Mayer, Bill Murphy, Joe Ponce, Carlos Rodriguez, Emilio Silva, Phelps White, and the St. Andrew’s Men’s Breakfast and Prayer Group.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Working Mother’s Day Nursery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, or a charity of the giver’s choice.