Edward D. Gaughan
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Edward D. Gaughan died suddenly March 6, 2009, due to acute Leukemia. He died at home surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Ed was born in Reading, Kansas, January 30, 1931, to Edward James Gaughan and Marie (Supple) Gaughan. He graduated from Emporia State Teachers College receiving Bachelors and Masters Degrees. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Ed returned to school and completed a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Kansas and then served as a Professor of Mathematics at New Mexico State University from 1960 until his retirement in 1991. He was the author of numerous college level mathematics textbooks.
Ed married Lea Haag in 1953 before taking his position at NMSU. The two celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary this past February. They raised their eight children in Mesilla, New Mexico.
Family and friends fondly remember Ed's jovial sense of humor, finding joy in all people, life in general, and especially in his large family. Ed is survived by his wife Lea Gaughan, and children Eve Gaughan, David Gaughan, Jerald Gaughan, Michael Gaughan, Anne Perez, Sister Gabriel Mary (Jean Gaughan), Mary Ersinghaus, and Patrick Gaughan. Sons and daughters-in-law are Tami Gaughan, Ida Gaughan, Alfred Perez, Joe Ersinghaus, and Aleece Gaughan. The grandchildren are Batina Gaughan, Briann Gaughan, Logan Gaughan, Henry Gaughan, Joshua Perez and wife Emily Perez, Jessica Perez, Ariel Perez, Mary Grace Perez, Daniel Perez, Anne Ersinghaus, Erin Ersinghaus, Paul Gaughan, Amelia Gaughan, Claire Gaughan, Susan Gaughan, and great-grandchild Olivia Perez. He is also survived by his sister Mary Wellnitz and her family.
A memorial service will take place Wednesday March 11, 2009 at 2 PM at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. The rite of committal will take place at another date in Kansas.
In honor of Ed's desire for the education of our youth, a scholarship fund has been established. Fund contributions can be made to the Edward D. Gaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund at First American Bank, 1553 Avenida de Mesilla, P.O. Box 2380, Las Cruces, NM 88004.

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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Mar. 10, 2009.
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March 19, 2009
Dear Lea and Family,
I was truly saddened to hear of Ed's passing. I remember him enjoying life and pulling off practical jokes (like tying the screen door to the inside door on both front and rear porches so I had to climb out a window to untie them in order to get to work). I will miss him and keep you and kids in my thoughts.
Larry Murdock
March 17, 2009


March 16, 2009
Dear Lea & Family,
Please accept our condolences on the recent loss of your husband, father, grandfather. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
Don & Patricia Brown
March 13, 2009
Dear Eve, David and Jerry,
I was very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Lawrence Telles
Lawrence Telles
March 13, 2009
To the Gaughan Family

I am so vey sorry Lea that you lost Ed. When Mona was still here, I went to some of your fun parties. I aslo lost my husband last year in November. My thoughts are with you.
Almut Cochrun
March 12, 2009
Dearest Gaughan Family,

We were very sad to hear of Mr. Gaughan's passing. Our hearts go out to you along with many prayers during this time. He was such a great man. Always a joy to talk to! I remember the great jeep rides he used to take the neighborhood kids on when we were all little and that bell he used to round up all the kids back home. Many fond memories! He will be missed. Gods blessings to you all.

Sincerely, Tina DiMatteo & All the DiMatteo Family
March 11, 2009
To the entire Gaughan Family:

My deepest sympathies on your loss of Mr. Gaughan. He was a very, very decent man.

Sincerely, George Jackovich, Jr.
March 11, 2009
Dear Eve and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. God Bless you all.
Xavier Perea and Family
Helen Perea
March 11, 2009
Dearest Anne Perez:
I am so sorry to hear of your fathers' passing.
My heart breaks.
I will never forget how kind you were to us when my own father "Joe" passed away.
Please know that we care very much about what you and your family are going through.
with love & prayers,
Jan Whitney-Fonger
Donald Fonger
Jan Whitney Fonger
March 11, 2009
Dearest Gaughn Family:
Our deepest heartfelt condolences.
We are so saddened. God bless you all.
With love,
Jayne Whitney Daigneault &
Martin Daigneault ...
Jayne Daigneault
March 11, 2009
To all the Gaughn Family:
Our hearts & prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.
Your Dad was a great man and what wonderful children he was blessed with, along with his lovely wife Lea.
He is with God. Most sincerely,
Jan Whitney Fonger & all the Whitneys
Jan Whitney Fonger
March 11, 2009
Lea, my sincere condolences to you and all of the extended family on Ed's passing. He was a good friend whom I enjoyed and admired so much. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jim Gilligan
March 11, 2009
Dear Lea and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Ed's passing. May God hold him and all of you in His hands. You are in my prayers.
Carol Jones
March 11, 2009
Ed, you were a very bright and friendly part of the early association of the Math and Physics departments and we will miss our occaisional crossing of paths and conversations. Rest in peace. Robert Liefeld, NMSU Physics, (ret.)
March 11, 2009
Lea and family, my prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow. May God bless each and everyone of you.
Gloria Flores
March 11, 2009
To the Gaughn Family,
I know how tuff these times can be and although I did not know Mr. Gaughn I work with his son David and I wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family,

frankie estrada
March 11, 2009
Mr. Gaughan,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey
March 10, 2009
Rose/Martha Kidd/Vigil
March 10, 2009
To the lovely Gaughan family,
You are all a tribute to the fine man your husband, father, and grand-father was. I am saddened by his passing and thinking what a loss you all must feel. Our loss, however, is Heaven's gain, and I will think of Ed basking in the presence of our Lord- reunited with the loved ones who preceded him in his passing.
May our Lord's grace surround you and comfort you in your grief.
Artie Fountain, Sr.
March 10, 2009
Eve, sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Keith Risinger
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