In Memoriam: Summer 2015

Jul 20th, 2015 | By

Hossein Bahmanyar MSc ’74 of Woodland Hills, Calif., died Jan. 5, 2011. Born in 1945, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Fanni School of Engineering in Tehran, Iran (1967), his master’s degree in mining engineering from Mines (1974), and his PhD in rock mechanics and soil engineering from the University of Wisconsin (1981). He

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In Memoriam: Spring 2015

Apr 8th, 2015 | By

Richard F. Burczyk of Golden, Colo., died Dec. 10, 2014. Born in 1946, he graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn. and then received a master’s degree in physics from the University of Wyoming. After retiring in 2003 from a 29-year career at Coors Brewing Co., Dick became an adjunct instructor for the College

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In Memoriam: Fall 2014

Nov 19th, 2014 | By

Alfred H. Balch DSc ’64 of Golden, Colo., died May 23, 2014. Born in 1928, he graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1950. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he began his professional career in the oil industry with Phillips Petroleum, and returned to graduate

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In Memoriam: Spring 2014

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

R. Bruce Allison of Loveland, Colo., died December 21, 2013. Born in 1930, Bruce was the athletic director at Mines 1976-1995, leading both the school’s 17-sport intercollegiate athletic program and intramurals. He was also the head lacrosse coach and the men’s golf coach. Prior to joining Mines, Bruce served as athletic director for four years

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In Memoriam: Fall/Winter 2013

Dec 16th, 2013 | By
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George S. Ansell of Tucson, Ariz., died August 30, 2013. George, born in 1934, was Mines’ 13th president, serving 1984-1998. After graduating from the elite Bronx High School of Science in New York, he was awarded a Naval ROTC scholarship to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in

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Also Remembered

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Gerald R. Bond ’50  January 11, 2012 Jack D. Gray ’52 June 9, 2011 Jeffrey J. Knaebel ’63  January 26, 2011 Jay L. Kratz ’63  November 4, 2009 Todd M. Lasnik ’82 September 29, 2012 Christopher K. Loomis ’69 March 7, 2010 LouiS w. Minturn ’37  November 25, 2009 Frank L. Natta ’73, MS ’75

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Darrell J. Beckley ’53

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Darrell J. Beckley ’53 of Brush, Colo., died August 29, 2012. Born in 1926, Darrell served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1947. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Colorado School of Mines, where he joined Kappa Sigma fraternity and played varsity football, his 1951 team was inducted into Mines’ Athletics Hall of Fame

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Joseph J. Rebeck ’53

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Joseph J. Rebeck ’53 of Evergreen, Colo., died November 6, 2011. Bud, as he was known, was born in 1931. He earned a professional degree in mining engineering from Mines, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and played varsity football. The 1951 team, of which he was a member, was inducted

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Norman R. Rowlinson ’52

Jul 8th, 2013 | By

Norman R. Rowlinson ’52 of Houston, Texas, died December 11, 2012. Born in 1929, Norm studied chemistry at Ripon College in Wisconsin from 1947 to 1949, and then transferred to Mines to earn a professional degree in geological engineering. From 1954 to 1956, Norm served in the U.S. military before earning a master’s degree in

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William H. Ruehle ’52

Jul 8th, 2013 | By

William H. Ruehle ’52 of Denton, Texas, died January 27, 2013. Bill was born in 1928 in the silver mining camp of Rosario, Honduras, to American parents. He earned a professional degree in geophysical engineering from Mines, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the varsity track and field team. Entering

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Marlow E. Sharpe ’49

Jul 8th, 2013 | By

Marlow E. Sharpe ’49 of Roswell, N.M., died December 27, 2012. Born in 1924, Marlow grew up in Haxtun, Colo. In 1942, he enrolled at Mines, which he attended for one year, before joining the Army Air Corps. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to Mines, where he joined the rifle team and completed

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David A. Tabaska ’84 ’86

Jul 8th, 2013 | By

David A. Tabaska ’84, ’86 of Breese, Ill., died February 11, 2013. Born in 1962, Dave earned bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and petroleum refining, and mathematics from Mines, and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Maryland. He worked in computer maintenance for the U.S. Census Bureau, and was a member

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Dean F. Thorpe ’48

Jul 8th, 2013 | By

Dean F. Thorpe ’48 of Syracuse, N.Y., died January 28, 2013. Born in 1922, Dean graduated with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering from Mines, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. His college years were interrupted by World War II, when he was stationed in the Philippines as a captain in

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Donald ‘Don’ F. Asbra ’55

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Donald ‘Don’ F. Asbra ’55 of Alexandria, Va., died July 1, 2010. Born in 1933 in Denver, Colo., Don graduated from Wheat Ridge High School and then earned a professional degree in geological engineering from Mines. After graduation, he served as a first lieutenant in the Army. His career took him from the oil fields

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Russell Badgett Jr. ’40

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Russell Badgett Jr. ’40 of Madisonville, Ky., died March 8, 2012. Russell was born in Wabbaseka, Ark., in 1918, and received the Silver Beaver Award as an Eagle Scout for distinguished service as a council leader. At Mines, he earned a professional degree in mining engineering, and was a member of Blue Key and, later,

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Denver M. Barb ’43

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Denver M. Barb ’43 of Lakewood, Colo., died June 22, 2012. Denver was born in Alton, Kan., in 1921 shortly before his family moved to Golden so that his father, Clark Barb ’25, MS ’28, could attend Mines. He earned a professional degree in petroleum engineering under his father, a professor at Mines, who was

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William H. Cooke ’53

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

William H. Cooke ’53 of Federal Way, Wash., died October 5, 2011. Born in Denver, Colo., in 1928, William was inducted into the CSM Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 for his role on the 1951 football squad. Also a member of the swimming team, he graduated from Mines with a professional degree in metallurgical

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Frederick ‘Fred’ F. Dueser ’49

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Frederick ‘Fred’ F. Dueser ’49 of Breckenridge, Texas, died February 26, 2012. Fred was born in Ellinwood, Kan., in 1922 and was a Navy pilot in World War II. After marrying Dorothy Roth in 1945, he earned a professional degree in petroleum engineering from Mines, where he joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Five years

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Donald ‘Don’ W. Gentry

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Donald ‘Don’ W. Gentry of Bella Vista, Ark., died July 2, 2012. Born in 1943 in St. Louis, Mo., Don had a 25-year career at Mines as former head of the Mining Engineering Department, assistant to the dean of faculty, and dean of engineering and undergraduate studies. He also served on the McBride Tutorial Committee

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Victor ‘Vic’ L. Hayes Jr. ’48

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Victor ‘Vic’ L. Hayes Jr. ’48 of Charlotte, N.C., died March 22, 2012. He was born in Casper, Wyo., in 1922. Vic attended MIT before transferring to Mines in 1941, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. As a second lieutenant in the 1253rd Engineer Combat Battalion, he helped build a

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Jerry P. Ilgenfritz ’61

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Jerry P. Ilgenfritz ’61 of Golden, Colo., died May 19, 2012. He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1938 and moved to Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 1951. A member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Mines, he graduated with a professional degree in mining engineering. He went on to earn a master’s degree in

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Robert ‘Bob’ A. Johnson MS ’56

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Robert ‘Bob’ A. Johnson MS ’56 of Potomac, Md., died October 18, 2011. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Bob was born in 1929 and received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1950. After serving in the Army in the Korean War, he earned a master’s degree in geophysics from Mines and, in 1960,

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Lawrence H. Kumamoto MS ’73, PhD ’77

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Lawrence H. Kumamoto MS ’73, PhD ’77 of Carson City, Nev., died October 4, 2011. Shortly after his birth in 1945, his family moved to San Francisco, Calif., where he spent his formative years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967 and was then drafted into

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Donald ‘Don’ B. Larson ’88, MS ’91

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Donald ‘Don’ B. Larson ’88, MS ’91 of Grand Junction, Colo., died February 6, 2009. Born in Inglewood, Calif., in 1965, Don received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Mines and, in 1991, moved to Wolfurt, Austria, to work for Doppelmayr Seilbahnen as a project engineer, where he enjoyed hiking, mountain biking,

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Laurence ‘Larry’ B. Leigh ’42

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Laurence ‘Larry’ B. Leigh ’42 of Colorado Springs, Colo., died July 3, 2011. Born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1919, Larry spent many summers vacationing with his family in Colorado. A member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Mines, he graduated with a professional degree in petroleum engineering from Mines and then served as

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Dorington G. Little

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Dorington G. Little was born in Los Angeles in 1927. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Geological Engineering in 1950. While attending Mines he spent one year (1949) in Ethiopia working for Sinclair Petroleum as a field geologist. Dory began his career working as an exploitation engineer. His first

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Stephen Maszy ’43

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Stephen Maszy ’43 of Windermere, Fla., died January 4, 2012. Stephen was born in Harsco, Ill., in 1918. After graduating from Mines with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering, he worked as an engineer with Martin Marrietta Corp. In 1966, he started Triangle Auto Parts, and then opened T & P Automotive Warehouse. He was

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Henry A. Mullen ’70

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Henry A. Mullen ’70 of Louisville, Ky., died June 11, 2012. Born in Adena, Ohio, in 1943, Henry graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1961 and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Duval County. He earned a metallurgical engineering degree from Mines and, starting in the 1980s, worked for Chemical Piping Systems

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Richard L. Rayno ’59

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Richard L. Rayno ’59 of Tilton, N.H., died December 18, 2011. Richard was born in Franklin, N.H., in 1929 and worked as a locomotive machinist for the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage before serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and Army. Following his military service, he received a professional degree in geophysical engineering from Mines. For

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William ‘Bill’ R. Smith ’48

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

William ‘Bill’ R. Smith ’48 of Littleton, Colo., died February 5, 2012. Born in 1924 in Denver, Colo., Bill entered Mines in 1942, but served in the Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1945, returning in 1946 to complete his professional degree in petroleum engineering. At Mines, he was a member of the Alpha Tau

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