On behalf of everyone with the City of Carlsbad, we wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Bob Scholl, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 93.
Bob, a retired educator, was so many different things to so many people. He moved to Carlsbad in 1957 and taught at Sunset Elementary and Eddy School. So many residents and former residents fondly remember having him as a teacher.
He served on our library board and on the MLK Jr. Scholarship Committee. He took care of many of Carlsbad’s cats, volunteered at the Cat’s Meow, participated in police ride-alongs and was an active member of the community theatre, where he often acted alongside fellow educator Lynne Pitcaithley. Bob was a radio host on KCCC Radio for decades and did hundreds of “Faces of Carlsbad” television shows for Channel 23. He assisted us on the Heritage Days Committee, the Police Department Citizens Advisory Board and the Beautification Committee, among many others.
Bob was also a veteran. Even people who never met Bob may have seen him walking around town – he averaged more than 90 miles a month even in his 90s.
Bob was an inspiration to so many people in Carlsbad and he will be missed. To his wife, Lawanda, and family – we want you to know that the entire city shares in your grief. We were so blessed to have Bob in this community. We have been informed that there will be no memorial service at this time – it will take place in the future.
Linda Dodd, executive director of the United Way of Eddy County, asked us to remind you that the United Way has a COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund to provide assistance with rent or mortgage. For more information, please call (575) 887-3504 or dial 2-1-1. The program offers assistance with electric, water, gas, and childcare bills, as well as food assistance.
The United Way has also launched a program called Project Santa, which will be assisting families of people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. The organization is working on a program allowing volunteers to adopt a child or sponsor stockings. Devon Energy is already helping with the project. Please visit the United Way’s web page for additional information.
COVID-19 update. We were informed by the NM Department of Health of 23 new COVID-19 positives for Eddy County and another 30 positives on Sunday. According to state data, we have now had a total of 2,131 positive COVID-19 cases in Eddy County, 32 COVID-related deaths and 24,102 total tests. Please continue to treat this seriously and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway