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Don Alberts, IPMS #3972

From Don Kehrer, the RC for Region 10.

It is with deep personal loss that I must announce the passing of a great friend and mentor, Don Alberts. Don passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

As a world class modeler he consistently won awards with his museum quality models.

He established IPMS/Albuquerque over 30 years ago. Through his guidance IPMS/Albuquerque became a modeling powerhouse in the western United States. He also co-founded IPMS/Zia and IPMS/Legacy. He was the Convention Chairman for numerous Regional Conventions as well as two National Conventions.

For many, many years he was the Head Aircraft Judge for IPMS/USA. His honesty and integrity were unimpeachable. He was a veteran, teacher, an historian, and even a judge for the city of Albuquerque for a short time.

As a scholar he was instrumental in convincing the National Park Service to preserve the sacred ground where soldiers from both sides fell during the Civil War battles of Glorieta Pass.

Amazon.com states: "Don E. Alberts, a professional historian working in Rio Rancho, New Mexico , has published three books and many articles on military and Civil War history. A former professor and retired chief historian for Kirtland Air Force Base, he served as consulting historian to the 1987 archaeological dig that recovered the remains of Civil War soldiers killed in the Battle of Glorieta."

His book "The Battle of Glorieta: Union Victory in the West" has been used as reference for many sources including the New Mexico State Record Center and Archives as well several television programs on PBS and The History Channel.
Other books include:

  • "Rebels on the Rio Grande : The Civil War Journal of A.B. Peticolas"
  • "General Wesley Merritt: Brandy Station to Manila Bay"
  • "Balloons to Bombers: Aviation in Albuquerque , 1882-1945"

As many of you know, Don was a Navy veteran and flew the SIKORSKY SH-34J Sea Horse. The Sikorsky he flew has been restored and is on display at the "Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum" located in Pueblo , Colorado .

No funeral or memorial services are planned and Don's wishes were to have his ashes interred near Glorieta Pass which he loved so well.

His world class model collection will most likely be donated to one of two museums. Don is survived by his wife Rosemary, son Clint, and daughter Jackie.

For over thirty years Don was one of my best and most precious friends. His loss to his family, his friends, and myself is so profoundly painful. His loss to IPMS is incalculable.

His prowess with knife and brush, his humor, his loyalty will sorely be missed.

A more honorable man I've never met.

Sincerely,

Don Kehrer
IPMS/USA Region 10 Coordinator

Don Alberts, IPMS 3972

We lost a good friend on Nov 9, 2010. Don Alberts, IPMS #3972, passed away. Don wished that his remains be cremated and interred near Glorieta Pass in New Mexico. Don spent many days of his life in and around Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon while conducting research for his book on the battles that were fought there during the American Civil War. He was also instrumental in getting the National Park Service involved in preserving the sacred ground where soldiers from both sides fell during the battles.

Don is survived by his daughter Jackie, his son, Clint, and his wife, Rosemary. Rosemary and Clint say that a ceremony may possibly be held as early as next spring or summer near the Glorieta Pass.

NOTE: This is the archive of the IPMS/USA Website. It is not currently being updated. Any information you find here may be out of date or incorrect. Visit the current IPMS/USA Website.