Longtime UNM administrator and economics professor Lee Zink died at his home in Carlsbad, N.M. earlier this week. The founder and first president of the UNM Retiree Association, Zink served as the director and principal research economist at the UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the director of the UNM Institute for Applied Research Services, and associate vice president for research and business and government relations. From 1971 to 1999 he taught introductory economics to more than 7,000 students.

Zink was extremely active in community service.  He was a member of the Mayor’s Kirtland Air Force Base Retention Task Force; the Better Business Bureau of New Mexico Board of Directors, the Public Forum Committee on Recycling, the Governor’s Business Advisory Council Executive Committee, the Albuquerque Economic Development Steering Committee, the Albuquerque Employment and Training Needs Task Force; UNICER’s Advisory Council, the First Security Bank of New Mexico Board of Directors, the University of Albuquerque Board of Trustees, the Economic Forum, New Mexico Jobs Task Force, the U.S. Armed Forces Advisory Board, the Albuquerque Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Albuquerque Tribune Board of Editorial Contributors, and the New Mexico Council on Economic Education.  He was a cabinet secretary for Economic Development in the New Mexico Economic Development Department, president of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. at Monte Vista Christian Church, 3501 Campus Blvd. NE.