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Longtime civil engineering professor Marion Cottrell dies at 86

October 15, 2015

Marion M. Cottrell, 86, of Albuquerque, died Oct. 13. He was a professor in the UNM Department of Civil Engineering from 1960 to 1994.

He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from UNM. After additional studies at University of California, Berkeley, he began his tenure as a professor of civil engineering at UNM.

He was an active participant in the UNM Faculty Senate for many years. Cottrell also served in local politics as an Albuquerque city councilor from District 9 from July 1974 to November 1981, serving as the president of the city council in 1980-81. He also was a mayoral candidate in 1981 and later served on the Bernalillo County Planning Committee, among others.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead Ave. SW, Albuquerque.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the UNM Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund.