CALEXICO — San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus celebrated and honored a Calexico family and the spirit of the city as it named the library special collections room for Fernando and Margarita de Necochea.
"For my parents, it's just thrilling," said the couple's son Fernando de Necochea during the room's dedication Friday.
It was an especially meaningful honor because of the family's high estimation of the university.
"This university means not just educational opportunity but employment and economic opportunity for Calexico," son Fernando de Necochea said.
One of the couple's other sons, Ruben "Gordy" de Necochea, said it was appropriate that a room for special collections be named for special people.
Margarita and Fernando de Necochea have been longtime Calexico residents and both graduated from Calexico High School.
Margarita worked in the Calexico High library from 1969 to 1995. As a trustee of the Camarena Public Library, she has successfully advocated for many improvements and projects, including the preservation of the Carnegie Library of Calexico and other city landmarks. She has also served on the dean's advisory council of SDSU-IV since 1981.