"The entire UNM community mourns the passing of Rudolfo Anaya, one of the great voices not only of Chicano literature, but of humanity. He wrote of New Mexico, and what it meant to be a New Mexican--and did so in the same manner in which he lived his life: with passion, excitement, and conviction. During his long tenure as a teacher of writing at The University of New Mexico, he inspired countless students to find and raise their voices, to take pleasure in reading as well as great joy in writing and self-expression. His enthusiasm for his craft, as well as his unbreakable optimism, were infectious. We miss him—and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
"'I will live as long as you remember me,' Anaya once wrote. 'I live in your memory.' Rudolfo Anaya lives on in our memories, and in our hearts."
— UNM President Garnett S. Stokes