A memorial service was held in Pearson Auditorium at New Mexico Military Institute Thursday, to honor Lt. Gen. Richard T. Knowles (ret). Knowles passed away at the age of 96 at his home in Roswell last week.
The decorated general served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During his 16 years in the New Mexico Legislature, he worked to create NMMI’s largest scholarship program, now known as The General Richard T. Knowles Legislative Scholarship Program.
About 500 people attended the service. Almost 270 of those in attendance were NMMI cadets, according to Brig. Gen. Richard V. Geraci USA (ret), commandant of cadets and dean of students at NMMI. The rest were family, friends, former colleagues and members of the motorcycle club Patriot Guard Riders, who attend funerals of fallen U.S. military personnel.
During a memorial tribute, speakers described the Lt. Gen. as honorable and shared humorous stories.
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