Lloyd W. Madden ’41 of Midland, Texas, died December 26, 2011. Born in 1918, Lloyd graduated from high school in 1936 in Manhattan, Kan., before coming to Mines, where he distinguished himself as an athlete. He led his division in scoring for football in 1938 and 1939, helping the legendary 1939 football team achieve an undefeated season. He also represented Mines in basketball and track and field, and was awarded the Blanchard Trophy, which honors Colorado’s most outstanding college athlete. Lloyd was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1961, the Colorado School of Mines Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996 (its inaugural year), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and the RMAC Hall of Fame in 2003. In his last year of college, Lloyd was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals. This single season in the pros earned him money to finish at Mines the following year.
A member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society, he earned a professional degree in geological engineering and joined the exploration department of Shell Oil in Abilene, Texas, after graduating. Called into active duty with the U.S. Army Air Forces shortly thereafter, his basic training was followed by further training with the UCLA physics department, which enabled him to serve in the Pacific theater as a weather officer. He remained with the Air Forces until 1955, when he received an honorable discharge with the rank of captain. Continuing to serve in the Air Force Reserve, Lloyd rejoined Shell Oil and went on to work in Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls. He later worked with the McEl-roy Ranch in Midland, Texas, and subsequently with Mobil. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley; daughters Deborah Barker and Victoria Akos; sons Steven and Kim; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.