Teresa Ham, nurse and head of the Flickinger Center has died at 77
Teresa Ham died of a brief illness unrelated to COVID on April 2, 2021. Teresa was born in Savannah, Georgia on October 20, 1943 to Pickney and Velma Newman.
Teresa is remembered in the Alamogordo community not only for her work at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, but also for her service to the community.
Ham was a member of the board of directors of the Rotary Club and was actively involved in the Rotary Mexico medical / dental mission from 1978 to 1989. She assisted physicians on trips to remote parts of Mexico as medical providers lavished eye care for those in need.
Ham learned to speak Spanish and obtained a pilot’s license to help the team. For her service in this mission, she received the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club.
She was a member of the 100 Women Who Care for Alamogordo, a nonprofit group that donates to local nonprofits. For over 20 years, Ham has held women’s Bible study retreats in her home for 20 to 30 women, twice a year.
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She has served on the Board of Directors of the Center of Protective Environment, Inc. (COPE) and has been the organization’s annual fundraiser producer for many years. For the past six years, Ham has been the producer of the annual COPE Benefit Show, raising over $ 20,000 each year.
She received Sertoma’s Service to Mankind Award, the highest honor bestowed on a non-Sertoman. Hamm was a member of the PEO BI Alamogordo section, and received the Woman of Merit award in 2010 and in 2018 he was Alamogordo Citizen of the Year.
In the early 2000s, she participated in medical mission trips around the world, including Romania, Thailand, Cambodia and Guatemala. As a Rotarian, she traveled to Nicaragua with Rotary’s newest project Bridges to Prosperity.
She graduated with a nursing degree from Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., In 1966, and after 25 years of nursing, decided to return to college to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New Mexico State University.
She worked at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. For over 50 years, she mentored young nurses, volunteering to cover shifts during the holidays so that other nurses could spend the holidays with their young families.
Ham served on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors from 2005 to 2007. She helped build the first three Habitat houses in Tularosa.
She left the Habitat Council when her friend, Susie Hall, asked her to return to the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, to help keep the doors to the theater open. Ham had been an active Flickinger supporter since 1988, when the former Sierra Theater was acquired by Margaret Flickinger.
The two women, along with many other volunteers, spent hours scraping gum off the seats and rubbing sticky soda on the floor in an effort to restore the theater.
Ham was the general chairman of the first Million Dollar campaign, working for a year to convert cinema into a performing arts center. She served on the board of directors of Flickinger and was instrumental in the recent acquisition of new seats for the theater, as well as underwriting the acquisition of the adjacent building, which is now the Patron’s Hall and Heritage Gallery.
Ham believed it was important to give everyone, but especially students, the chance to see live performances. The Flickinger Center is essential for the quality of life and economic prosperity of the community of Alamogordo. Thousands of people of all ages attend world-class shows every year. The theater is also used by local talent and many other non-profit organizations.
Ham had recently contacted Heather Bash to start a children’s theater in Alamogordo.
âI was at 1000% because I knew his passion and mine could accomplish anything. Alamogordo’s children’s musical theater is one of her many legacies, and I am very honored that she has chosen me as a partner in this worthy endeavor, âsaid Bash.
Lee Selden of the Flickinger Guild said, âNo one could say no to Teresa. Teresa had such a positive attitude about everything at Flickinger and those positive feelings were contagious. She made us all feel that anything was possible if we worked together.
Ham shared his love story for the arts months ago:
âI grew up in Savannah, Georgia – a historic city that had beautiful architecture and creative expression everywhere I looked. The streets were lined with southern beauty and grace. It became deeply ingrained in my mind. My grandmother was very creative and it became part of my awareness. I needed to express it as much as I needed the next breath of air. Over 30 years ago, here in Alamogordo, I got involved in Margaret Flickinger’s dream of creating a place for the performing artsâ¦ This dream continues today. . . The arts deeply touch people’s lives. . . …. in their understanding of themselves, their connection to local and global communities and cultures, and in their understanding of their own creativity. The arts provide these qualities to the general public for the social and economic benefits of the shared performance experience.
Contributions can be made to the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts on behalf of Teresa Ham. Contact [email protected] for more details.