The Grande Dame of New Mexico

May 20, 1910 is the birthday of the Grande Dame of New Mexico, Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven. Pino was born in Galisteo, New Mexico, and her ancestors in the Pino and Ortiz families were among the earliest European settlers of New Mexico.  One of these ancestors, Nicolas Pino, was a leader of a rebellion in 1846, shortly after the US conquest of New Mexico. After losing the rebellion, Nicolas resolved that once the family learned English and understood the new form of government, a member of every generation of the Pino family would run for election to the state legislature.  Concha was elected to the state legislature for three terms, and devoted her life to public service and humanitarian causes.  Five US Presidents appointed her to national boards, including the National Commission on Architectural Barriers to the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr.

May 16, 1910 is the birthday of Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr. the first Puerto Rican four-star Admiral and second Latino to become a full Admiral in the modern US Navy.  Rivero graduated from the US Naval Academy, ranking third in his class of 441.  He served in World War II in the Pacific theater, earning the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and the Legion of Merit.  In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Rivero served in the blockade of Cuba.  His last position in his 45 year career was as Commander-in-Chief of the allied forces for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  In 1972 President Richard Nixon appointed Rivero as Ambassador to Spain; he was also the first Hispanic in this office.