TOVA CALLOWAY Tova Calloway, born Tova Maria Mathiasen, was a resident of Santa Fe for over forty years. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and was a graduate of Hollywood High and UCLA. As early as childhood, Tova was fascinated with indigenous cultures, which led her to study anthropology as an undergraduate. She was drawn to New Mexico and moved to Albuquerque in 1967 to continue her anthropology studies at UNM. She first visited northern New Mexico as a student assistant on an archaeological dig in Taos. She accepted employment as a Human Services Department case worker, based in Santa Fe. Tova had an extensive career in social work, beginning as a case worker in Pecos, NM. In 1968, she became a Juvenile Probation Officer with the First Judicial District (later Children Youth and Families.) Her counseling would benefit troubled teenagers in the Santa Fe region for the next 25 years. In the early eighties, Tova returned to UNM to complete her graduate studies, where she received her Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling. Tova was also active with Amnesty International and worked on human rights issues for Central and South America. She was a freelance writer, nearly fluent in Spanish, a creative spirit, loving mother, loyal friend, and compassionate advocate of juvenile outreach. She passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Tova was born in Los Angeles, California in August, 1944, to Ruth Evelyn Thompson and Harold Mathiasen. She was the former wife of New Mexico journalist Larry Calloway, and is survived by her daughters, Lara Lee Calloway and Maia Marie Calloway. She also leaves behind her dear friends and the community of Northern New Mexico, which she loved so much. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Cristo Rey Parish, 1120 Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, Phone:(505) 983-8528. A burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 417 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Phone:(505) 989-7032.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2014