William ‘Sugar’ Fletcher Shelton ’43 of Austin, Texas, died on April 14, 2010. He was born in 1921 in Denver and grew up in Canada and the United States. He graduated from Mines with a professional degree in petroleum engineering and was a member of Beta Theta Pi (president his senior year), Scabbard and Blade, Theta Tau, Blue Key International, student government and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), graduating as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Bill was a left-handed forward on an ice hockey team and a tennis doubles champion for Mines. After graduation, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers and later the Army Air Corps. Upon graduation from fighter school, he and his squadron were sent to Lubbock, Texas, for glider pilot training. In March 1945, they participated in Operation Plunder Varsity, flying gliders that carried troops and equipment across the Rhine into Germany. After the war, Bill’s petroleum engineering career began with Humble Oil in Texas and Louisiana. In 1954, he moved with his family to Caracas, Venezuela, where he worked for Creole Petroleum Corporation, a subsidiary of Exxon. He retired in 1984 after 30 years with Creole that included serving as executive secretary to the president and assistant secretary/treasurer of the corporation. While in Venezuela, Bill and his wife, Jean, were active in the North American Association, of which Bill served as president. He was an avid golfer, playing to a 10 handicap. He was also a voracious reader and considered words his pastime. Bill is survived by his wife, Jean; daughters, Amanda Allen and Lisa Jaubert; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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