Debbie Huerta

Obituary of Debbie Huerta

Debbie Huerta, of Fayetteville, died unexpectedly on 27 January 2020. Debbie’s paternal line begins with the Pilgrims. Her maternal one starts with the Kinkerbockers that settled in Cohoes, NY. She was the only child of John and Jane Robinson and was born in Chicago, IL. Her parents and a cousin, Joanne Yost predeceased her. She is survived by her husband, Raul Huerta; a cousin, Warren Yost (New York City); and two step children, Lita Beck (Indianapolis, IN) and Luis Huerta (New York City). Debbie graduated from Tenafly High School (NJ) and was admitted to the University of Wisconsin at Madison with sophomore standing. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in History with a concentration in Russian area studies. She held a MLS from Simmons College. Debbie was elected to the National Honor Society, eta Phi Mu (Library Science) and received a National Merit Society Letter of Commendation. Debbie retired from Colgate University as the Science Reference Librarian and Member of the Faculty. She held the position as Assistant Reference Librarian and Adjunct Faculty Member at Evergreen State College; Co-coordinator of Children’s Services, Ashville-Buncombe County Public Library System, Educational Specialist and Special Grants Consultant for the Massachusetts Bureau of Library Extension, Media Specialist in the Braintree Public Schools and Research Assistant for the Physical Chemistry Group at Arthur D. Little, Inc. Debbie had a life-long interest in historical sciences such as chemistry and geology. She studied evolutionary science and geology at Evergreen State College and Colgate University. Debbie loved language and was the editor and contributor to a number of publications such as the Journal of the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children, Appraisal, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship and Best Books for Academic Libraries. She served as a peer reviewer for the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education. She was a highly sought after speaker on the topic of integrating active learning techniques in collegiate settings. She presented over twenty times in professional library and educational settings. Debbie taught a variety of courses ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan and scientific writing with colleagues such as the late Sandra Simon and Victoria McMillian. Debbie was an active member in faculty governance in both an elected and appointed capacity. Debbie always loved horses and dogs. Debbie and her husband had Thistle and Cactus registered as T&C as a prefix for their Morgan horses and poodles. Debbie served on the board of the Mohawk Valley Dog Training Club and was a founding officer of AKC’s Upstate Poodle Club. You could never forget Debbie, her sense of humor, fierce devotion to the natural world, musical ability, collegiality and an unwavering fealty to the principles of academic freedom, women's rights, freedom of speech and America. She was an amazing wife, friend and colleague. Her presence resonates in so many of us. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Anyone that would like to honor Debbie’s memory please in lieu of flowers considering donating to Morrisville State College’s Doña Cruz Peña and Debbie Huerta Scholarship Fund. Memorial services to be held in late May or early June will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.
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