In Memoriam: Summer 2015

Jul 20th, 2015 | By

To submit an obituary for publication in the magazine, visit minesalumni.com/obituaries. 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

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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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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,

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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.



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, the President’s Council.



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 infamous for his petroleum geology field camp known as “Barb’s Death March.”



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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, graduated from George Washington University Law School.



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 the Army, serving the next two years in the Signal Corps as a meteorological observer.



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, skiing and traveling around Europe.



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 a fighter pilot in World War II with the 456th Squadron on Iwo Jima.



Dorington “Dory” G. Little II ’50

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Dorington “Dory” G. Little II ’50 of Paradise Valley, Ariz., died September 24, 2010. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1927 and earned a professional degree in geology and geological engineering from Mines.



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.



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 and Imrie-Gielow, both in Missouri.



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.



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 Omega fraternity.



Gordon L. Royce ’60

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Gordon L. Royce ’60 of Mobile, Ala., died September 28, 2009. A native of Durango, Colo., Gordon was born in 1938. He was in the ROTC at Mines, where he earned a professional degree in petroleum engineering, and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Army, seeing active service in Korea.



Thomas “Tom” S. Schalk ’49

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Thomas “Tom” S. Schalk ’49 of Wichita Falls, Texas, died February 16, 2012. Born in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1924, his family moved several times before landing in Tulsa, Okla., in 1937, where Tom attended high school. After joining the Army Air Corps at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1943, he was sent to study pre-meteorology at the University of New Mexico and later Cal-Tech.



Robert “Bob” H. Trent PhD ’80

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Robert “Bob” H. Trent PhD ’80 of Scottsdale, Ariz., died April 5, 2012. The former Wyoming state senator was born in 1936 in Pittsburg, Kan. In 1968, after working as a draftsman for a mining company for many years, the 32-year-old husband and father of two enrolled at the University of Utah and completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mining engineering in less than four years.



John H. Turner ’57

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

John H. Turner ’57 of Glenwood Springs, Colo., died April 20, 2012. Born in Denver, Colo., in 1935, John earned a professional degree in geological engineering from Mines, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and ROTC.



Bruce H. West ’93

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Bruce H. West ’93 of Eagle, Idaho, died April 20, 2012. Born in San Diego, Calif., in 1969, Bruce joined Kappa Sigma fraternity, the ski team and rugby club at Mines. He graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering and went on to work for Apache in Denver as a petroleum engineer.



Edgar “Ed” I. Winger ’56

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

Edgar “Ed” I. Winger ’56 of Hill City, S.D., died November 27, 2011. Born in Ridgeway, Ont., Canada, in 1926, Ed received a scholarship to attend Ontario College of Arts in Toronto. He served in the U.S. Air Force in information and intelligence before graduating from Mines with a professional degree in geological engineering. Ed

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Also Remembered

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

EMMETT B. ASMUS ’40—June 15, 2009 PETER J. BAER ’62—November 7, 2002 WILLIAM H. BAUER ’59—December 2, 2009 BERNARD F. BURFORD ’53—September 24, 2008 J. RANDALL BURKE ’58—November 3, 2008 JOSE E. DEL SOLAR ’62—June 6, 2008 RICHARD J. DOWNEY ’44—January 23, 2010 JOHN B. FERNSTROM ’53—March 25, 1991 WILLIAM N. FINK III ’57—December 31,

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Also in Memoriam

Apr 6th, 2012 | By

Maynard F. Ayler `45, MS `63 January 5, 2009 Bartholomew P. Caruso `70 January 4, 2009 Lathrop V. Denslow `61 January 1, 1980 Charles J. Diver `52 December 1, 2008 Joseph C. DuBois Jr. `50 September 1, 2010 Jerry T. Hanks `63 August 27, 2010 Bruce B. Harshbarger `61 October 8, 1998 Wang Kun (Wayne)

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Peter I. Bediz ’41, MS ’42

Mar 20th, 2012 | By

Peter I. Bediz ’41, MS ’42 of Calgary, Alberta, died December 4, 2010. Born in 1914, Peter was educated in Turkey and was a master of languages, speaking English, French, and Turkish fluently, and able to converse in Greek. He attended Mines on a grant from the Turkish government and graduated with a professional degree

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