Age 59, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013. She was born to Don Cromer and the late Marjorie Cromer, September 19, 1954, in Los Alamos, NM. She is survived by her father; her sister, Anne Sommariva, of Albuquerque; and three brothers, Phil, of Albuquerque, Tom of Huntsville, Ala., and Roy of Grand Junction, Colo.. After graduating from Los Alamos High School in 1972, Donna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in University Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1976. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Linguistics as well as a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Washington, both in 1981. From September of 1981 to January of 1985, she was a program specialist at the UNM National Energy Information Center Affiliate. She then spent two years working in the Technical Library, Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base. She began her extensive career at UNM as an Assistant Professor in the Centennial Science and Engineering Library in November, 1987. Donna became a tenured Associate Professor of Librarianship in July of 1993. In 1994, while on sabbatical, she taught at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Donna was an active member of the Special Libraries Association and served on many library committees and task forces over the years. Passionate about science, education, and her work, Donna became a well-known resource for the science community within UNM and across the state. Donna found true happiness in quilting, traveling and reading. As an active member of her quilting group, she spread her love through the creation of many beautiful and expressive quilts over the years. She viewed solar eclipses in South Africa, the Black Sea and Australia. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Humane of New Mexico, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87108. Burial will be at Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos. Please visit our online guestbook for Donna at www.FrenchFunerals.com
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on Dec. 19, 2013