NEW MEXICO (KRQE) — The community still stands in shock and mourns the loss of Judge Diane Albert, who was murdered the day after Thanksgiving. Friends said she has continually given back to New Mexico, including helping young women become leaders. She was loved by many, including State Examiner Brian Colón.
“Diane Albert, she was a source of joy and inspiration to countless New Mexicans,” said Colón, who has known her for years. “She was truly an incredible leader who brought that infectious personality and quirkiness to everything she did.”
Albert’s family is originally from Ohio.
Her ties to New Mexico date back to 1993, when the engineer worked at the Los Alamos Lab until 2004. Albert was also an instructor at the UNM Los Alamos campus in the Materials Science Technology program. She also served as a Los Alamos County Councilor from 2001 to 2004.
Albert then switched career paths and graduated from law school in 2007. On her website she explained: “Should we take cases at no cost for those who cannot afford a lawyer?”.
“It wasn’t about chasing the dollar. It wasn’t about getting bigger for yourself. It was about building others for the community.”
In 2021, Albert was elected Municipal Court Judge for the Village of Los Ranchos. In her free time, Albert loved cycling with friends. You said you often see them on bike lanes around the city.
“I can remember many times when she would clack through my tiles with her bike helmet on and her clip-in shoes.”
She was also a mentor for young women.
“She has always been involved with organizations that are building women and improving the quality of women’s voices and standing in New Mexico and the nation. She was part of MANA New Mexico, a wonderful women’s organization here in New Mexico with a long history.”
Albert was an animal lover who took care of her duck, chickens, cats and pugs.
“I know her legacy will affect generations to come, whether it’s the young girls she inspired with her kind words and guidance, or it was simply the fact that she was a wonderfully strong, intellectual, bright and… motivated woman was on the bench.”
Senior leaders took to social media to remember Justice Albert. Senator Ben Ray Lujan said, “Diane Albert was a deeply respected and admired public official who touched the lives of countless New Mexicans.”
Services for Diane Albert will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Albuquerque Hotel Chapel.