The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, June 6, 1978-Page 11
Former Senator Montoya dies
WASHINGTON (AP)-Former Sen.
Joseph Montoya (D-N.M.) who came to
national attention as a member of the
Senate Watergate committee, died
yesterday at the age of 62.
Death was caused by liver and kidney
failure, according to officials at
Georgetown University Medical Cen-
ter. Montoya entered the hospital May 4
complaining of stomach discomfort and
had undergone exploratory surgery
MONTOYA, WHO had spent most of
his adult life in state and federal elec-
tive offices, was defeated in his bid for a
third term in the Senate in 1976 by Sen.
Harrison Schmitt, a Republican and a
Since then, Montoya had kept a home
here but traveled often to New Mexico,
where he had extensive real estate
holdings. His family said the funeral
will be held in Santa Fe, N.m., ten-
tatively set for Thursday.
In 1973, as a member of the Senate
committee investigating the Watergate
scandal which led to the resignation of
President Richard Nixon, Montoya
asked sum-up questions which usually
were prepared in advance.
FORMER SEN. Sam Ervin (D-N.C.)
who headed the committee, said Mon-
toya had a fine understanding of the
problems of the country.
"He had a deep devotion to their
proper solution, and he manifested his
great judicial temperament in fairness
while serving on the Senate committee
which investigated Watergate," Ervin
said by telephone from his home in
Rep. Harold Munnels, the only New
Mexico Democrat in Congress, said
Montoya did his very best to represent
all the citizens of the state.
"He played a very important role in
the political history of New Mexico
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YESTERDAY'S appropriations rely
upon a federal statute which stipulates
that for the next academic year,
students must be eligible to attend any
secondary, degree-granting, non-profit
school of higher education, Hall said.
Michigan's statute, however, allows
state funds to flow to such non-degree
granting institutions as certain
hospitals' schools of nursing. But by the
fiscal year of 1979-80, if the state statute
is not amended, the matching funds can
be cut off from Washington.
In Michigan, the federal ap-
propriations exceed the money
allocated by the state last year for CSA
scholarships, so more money will have
to be generated if the state wishes to
hold on to the federal matching money.
Hall appeared confident that
Michigan would come up with the
money next year, saying "If wehdon't
have an increase in state ap-
propriations equal to the federal ap-
propriation, we lose some money. And I
don't think the state is about to do
during the last 42 years," Runnels said
in a statement.
MONTOYA WAS elected to the state
legislature in 1936, when he was 21
years old. He also had served as
lieutenant governor of the state and
was elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives in 1957. He was elected
to the Senate in 1964 and was known for
his support of bills to help farmers and
labor and to protect consumers.
In 1975 there was an Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) probe of
allegations that IRS Commissioner
Donald Alexander had blocked tax
audits of Montoya, who headed the sub-
committee that oversees the I.R
budget. Montoya said, "I'm clean,'
Alexander declined to comment, and
nothing came of the investigation.
Montoya called himself a "poor boy
from Pena I)anca." He was a lawyer by'
profession and also was actively
engaged in various business enter-
Survivors include his wife, the former
Della Romero, and three children,
Joseph, Patrick and Lynda.
SENATOR JOSEPH MONTOYA (D-N.M.) holds up a reel of tape while questioning White House Aide H. R. Haldeman during
Senate Watergate hearings in July 1973
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