Dr. Bill D. Engman passed away March 6th after a long struggle with Vascular Dementia in Salt Lake City.
Bill was born in 1932 in Amarillo, Texas, and grew up in nearby Hereford. He was an accomplished scholar and athlete, attending Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, NM on a football scholarship after serving in the U.S. Navy. Passing up an invitation to try out for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he continued his education, eventually earning his Doctorate in Education from the University of New Mexico (UNM).
Bill married his first wife Norma Hurta in 1958 in New Mexico. The family came to Durango in 1970, when he took a position as an assistant professor in the School of Education at Fort Lewis College. He rose to be Vice President for Student Affairs and briefly served as an assistant coach for the Fort Lewis College football team, before moving back in 1982 to ENMU to become Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. At ENMU, Dr. Engman was instrumental in introducing and developing the Re: Learning project, which emphasized the value of active learning in the classroom, making ENMU the first university in the region to adopt this approach in higher education. He also taught and coached at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY before attending UNM to finish his Doctorate degree.
Upon retirement in 1992, he moved back to Durango and married Virginia "Ginny" Regelmann. He loved his children, his dogs, being outdoors, and was an avid fly-fisherman. He is survived by his first wife, Norma Engman (Durango CO); his children Mark (Washington, DC), Jeff (Kamas, UT), and Lisa (Bemidji, MN), and seven grandchildren. Bill was preceded in his death by his wife Ginny; his parents Harry and Leila Engman; his brothers Harry Jr. and J.B. Gould; and his sisters Idell and Marguerite. The family will hold a remembrance ceremony this summer in Durango.
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Published by The Durango Herald on Mar. 17, 2021.