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Teddy L, Resident

Teddy Lachterman

Having been a Broadway performer, Teddy definitely knows how to make an entrance!

Born and raised in Indiana, Teddy went to Indiana University in Bloomington earning a degree in Theater and English. She then married her college sweetheart and moved to NYC in 1951. During the next 4 years she appeared in 3 Broadway shows and spent 2 summers playing leading rolls in Shakespeare Summer Stock. Always an overachiever, she also had 2 babies during this time, daughter Roxanne (and son Fred. She then married her second husband Mel Shapiro in 1956. He adopted her children and was a wonderful, loving father. They led an exciting life including an extended trip around the world. In 1978, Teddy married her husband of 21 very happy years, William Lachterman. They lived together in Broken Arrow, OK where Teddy utilized her degrees and taught 10th graders.

No stranger to retirement facilities, Teddy was living in a retirement village in Tulsa, OK. She was very happy there, but unfortunately the area was too much for her daughter’s allergies, so it was time to move to a more welcoming climate. They arrived in Taos at the end of July 2016 and rented a small house just outside of town for 13 months to gauge if her daughter could get some allergy relief here. They both love the town, find the people delightful, and Roxanne has been much healthier in the high desert climate. It’s just what they were looking for. Roxanne has purchased a condo, and Teddy is looking forward to a long and happy life at Taos Retirement Village.




Julia Moore

Julia Moore is an officially retired art editor, although she still works at least 20 hours a week from her home office. Julia lived in New York for 35 years and worked as an eminent art editor at Harry N. Abrams where she edited Janson’s History of Art, twice.

She helped develop a book entitled Art History, Prentice-Hall’s most successful new textbook. Most recently, Julia enjoys editing books about Buddhism and Eastern Religion, particularly South Asian art.

Currently, Julia is four years into an extraordinary project working with 33 writers on developing a comprehensive book on the history of Taos, which the Museum of New Mexico Press accepted for publication. She works closely with another TRV resident, Corina Santistevan.

Locally, Julia sits on the board of the Taos County Historical Society and is a member of the Collections Committee at the Harwood Museum of Art. She was a long-time board member of the Harwood and remains a huge supporter of the museum.

Julia first visited Taos when she was 15 years old, during a family road trip from their home in southern Oregon. “I have several vivid memories, coming into Taos from the north in the evening and seeing the Taos Inn neon sign, the same one that stands today. I remember looking around at these very unfamiliar looking buildings and realized I was just in love with them.”

Julia’s two daughters live in Albuquerque and she is a proud grandmother of twin girls. When she’s not editing, Julia can be found in her stunning, flower-laden garden or cooking in her well-stocked kitchen.





David Loveless

David Loveless is incredibly prolific in his art. A designer, builder and architect for decades, David continues to design and build furniture, create multi-media kinetic sculptures, paint and draw. And that’s just scratching the surface of what he accomplishes.

As a 30-year resident of Taos, David enjoyed the new experience of learning to build houses out of adobe instead of wood when he and his wife relocated from Massachusetts. They moved to a house in Arroyo Seco, where David designed and built an indoor pool. The pool was heated by solar power, and in turn, the pool heated the house. This unique design created an indoor furnace with plenty of humidity.

When David and his wife, Joan decided to move to the retirement village, David asked if he could build his own house on the property. They obliged. He designed and built the beautiful adobe house he currently lives in at TRV. The owners of the community then asked him to draft the designs for all the Casitas on the property, which his contractor son, Keith, then built.

David also writes children’s books and illustrates them on his vintage Commodore computer. The stories revolve around the adventures of “Poko,” a black cat reimagined in the visage of beloved pet, “Popo.” The project started as a fun bedtime story for his grandson, and continues to delight through 40 books, which are exciting and culturally relevant in Taos.

David’s interest of visual phenomena, inspired him to photograph a series of unique slides he developed on his computer. He projected these digital imprints onto portraits of women, integrating a semi-transparant film of design and shape onto their bodies. The media mélange put-forth a series of hundreds of beautiful photographs. David Loveless’s art show, “Virtual Tattoo,”premeried art in a show at the Bareiss Gallery in October 2010.