Vincent Anselmo

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Anselmo, Vincent C.

Vincent C. Anselmo passed away Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 in the presence of his family.

He was born July 29, 1930 in New York City to Salvatore and Sarah Anselmo. His father was an immigrant from Sicily, arriving as a child in New York from Palermo with his parents in 1913. Vincent was always proud of his Sicilian heritage and his status as a child of immigrants and as a first-generation American. He grew up in low-income circumstances on the East Side of Manhattan, and went on to earn a BS (Pharmacy) from Fordham University and a PhD (Chemistry) from the University of Kansas.

He moved the family to Las Vegas, NM where he was a Professor of Chemistry at New Mexico Highlands University. During that time he mentored many NMHU students and helped them through the process of gaining acceptance to medical school. Vincent provided guidance at a time when vestiges of discrimination against applicants from small New Mexico towns lingered within many medical schools, and his efforts on this front were appreciated by his charges â€" many of whom went on to practice medicine in low-income areas of the State.

After leaving Highlands, Vincent retired from the Texas Air Control Board in Austin, Tx., and upon Phoebe's retirement form the Austin Independent School District he and Phoebe returned to New Mexico, settling in Albuquerque. Vincent always treasured the climate, people, and great outdoors of New Mexico.

He is survived by his wife Phoebe and his children Peter, Mary, John and wife Shandel, Thomas, and Lisa. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren.

The Anselmo family gives a heartfelt thank you to the nurses, entire staff, and residents at Manzano del Sol in Albuquerque. Vincent received exceptional care and made many friends among the other residents during the last years of his life. The family also thanks Ambercare Hospice for their care, support and services during the last days of his life.

At the family's request, there will be a private memorial. Well-wishers are encouraged to make donation in Vincent's name to Manzano Del Sol, or the .

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Sept. 10, 2017