New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2008
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Imogene Lindsay

Imogene “Gene” Lindsay has contributed to the cultural and political life of New Mexico for over fifty years. She is credited most recently with her essential role in the establishment of expansion of the nationally recognized New Mexico Natural History Museum, an Albuquerque landmark. Yet her endeavors at the museum are preceded by a long life full of accomplishments. She has been a public servant, recognized for her professionalism and her common sense. She served in the cabinets of Governors Anaya and King. She was the fi rst woman Secretary of the Employment Security Department.

She has devoted her adult life to the protection of civil liberties through serving on both the state and national Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. Wither her husband, she also helped form the New Mexico chapter of the Friendship Force, an international organization created by President Carter to promote world peace and understanding.

She attended the University of Texas where she began her social activism, committing herself to progressive social change through participatory democracy. After the birth of her first child, Gene helped to establish the first integrated kindergarten in Austin ,Texas. She and her family moved from Austin to Albuquerque in 1947.She and her husband became members of the Grass Roots Democrats. She joined other citizen/plaintiffs in a lawsuit to reapportion the gerrymandered state legislature.

In addition to all of this, she raised three children and graciously offered her home for countless meetings, events and fundraisers. She is the 2009 recipient of Linda Estes Giraffe Award for people who stick their necks out for the common good. A true New Mexican pioneer that we are fortunate to have in our great state.