Roger Zimmerman

Albuquerque Historical Society Speakers Bureau

Photo of Roger Zimmerman - Albuquerque Historical SocietyRoger Max Zimmerman was born at Rehoboth Mission east of Gallup, New Mexico. His early years were spent at Mariano Lake Trading Post. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute and enrolled at the University of Colorado where he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He taught Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado from 1959 to 1964 and at New Mexico State University from 1964 to 1979. He was Assistant, Associate, and Acting Dean of Engineering at NMSU from 1967-1975. He was hired by Sandia National Laboratories in 1980 where he worked on projects associated with the storage of nuclear waste, weapons components testing programs, and rocket systems target deployments. He retired in 2000 as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. Roger served as President of the Albuquerque Historical Society from 2013-2019. He has written seven books: Kitchen’s Opera House, Gallup, New Mexico (2012) and A History Lover’s Guide to Albuquerque (2019) and his memoirs in 5 volumes (2021), which are available as Memoirs of Roger Max Zimmerman on Amazon.

Speaking Topics

  • Albuquerque and the Yazoo
  • Features of the Long Walk to the Bosque Redondo
  • Kitchen’s Opera House, Gallup, New Mexico
  • Son of an Indian Trader
  • Rerouting Route 66 Through Tijeras Canyon
  • Theoretical Texas Boundary in New Mexico
  • A History Lover’s Guide to Albuquerque
  • Lighter Moments in Roger Max Zimmerman Memoirs

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