Phillip S. Ambrose Collection


Margaret Ambrose; 2002, 2003, & 2005


5.5 cu ft


Photos (Las Cruces, misc.); negatives; slides; diary of George Ambrose; interview of Philip S. Ambrose at NMSU.


Philip (Phil) S. Ambrose was born in Mackay, Idaho in July 10, 1917. He attended Idaho State University for two and a half years before going to the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1941 and was recruited into the Marine Corps, where he attended Officer Candidate School. After his graduation from OCS, Phil spent four and a half years in the Marine Corps, taking part in three beach landings before being discharged in 1945.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Phil had an extensive academic career. He obtained a PhD from the Teachers College at Columbia University, New York, and moved to Carlsbad, NM to become the first Director of the Carlsbad Branch of New Mexico State University. In 1955, he became the Dean of Students at New Mexico A&M, later becoming the Vice-President of Student Affairs, New Mexico State University, and stayed at NMSU until his retirement in 1972.

Phil enjoyed photographing nature and was a volunteer for the Bureau of Land Management. One of his duties as volunteer was to travel to different anthropological sites in Southern New Mexico and check for vandalism; these trips gave him the opportunity to indulge in his hobby and take many pictures. Phil had his own darkroom and was a member of the Dona Ana Camera Club, as well as a contributing artist to the Mesilla Valley Gallery.

Philip S. Ambrose died in Las Cruces, NM, on January 26, 2000.


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