KUNM Radio Board Member Sherry Tippett Found Dead

May 18, 2012

KUNM Radio Board member and attorney Sherry Tippett was found dead in her home in Albuquerque on Thursday. She was found by a friend who hadn't heard from her after she missed a meeting.  Police say there were no signs of suspicious circumstances and no cause of death has yet been determined. 

From The Santa Fe New Mexican

"Sherry was always so passionate about education," said Carla Lopez, who served on the school board with Tippett in the late 1990s. "She aggressively gave her all to the schools." 

Tippett, who was raised in the Washington, D.C., area and got a bachelor's degree from George Washington University, earned her law degree at the University of South Dakota in 1983. 

In the early 1980s, she moved to Santa Fe, where she practiced law for nearly two decades. 

She made headlines in the early 1990s in her role as the head of a Santa Fe-based gun-control group New Mexico Ceasefire! 

Tippett moved to Albuquerque in early 2003 and ran a private law practice handling civil rights, employment, land and water use cases.  She was elected by KUNM members to serve on the Radio Board in 2011.