Jose ‘Joe’ F. Agapito ’73 of Grand Junction, Colo., died on November 25, 2009. Born in 1937 in Fundao, Portugal, Joe began his career as a mining engineer in British tin mines. He received his degree in mining engineering from Camborne School of Mines in England, where he was awarded the prestigious associateship of the Camborne School of Mines. After receiving his degree in 1963, he immigrated to the United States with his wife, Veronica, and family. In 1964, he received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He then enrolled at Mines and pursued a doctorate in mining engineering and rock mechanics. While earning his PhD, he taught undergraduate courses in senior-level ventilation and rock mechanics. Joe then settled in Colorado and worked for Atlantic Richfield Company and Golder Associates. He also served on the board of directors for the American Rock Mechanics Association. After moving with his family to Grand Junction in 1978, he founded an engineering consulting firm, Agapito and Associates, Inc., which is still in operation. Joe is survived by his wife and best friend, Veronica; daughter, Debra; son, David; granddaughter, Liane; and mother, Maria.
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