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. After several years in the industry, Bob completed a doctorate in mineral economics from Mines. He later moved to Kaycee, Wyo., and established New Tech Oil, where he applied his ideas on recovering oil from shallow, low-energy oil fields by means of horizontal drilling from a shaft. In addition to working for a number of mining, oil and chemical companies, Bob taught at several colleges, including Mines, and was dean of the School of Mineral Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for seven years. He also held several patents related to mining and drilling techniques. In 2011, Bob received the Melville F. Coolbaugh Memorial Award from Mines for his outstanding contributions toward enhancing the reputation of the school. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene; two daughters; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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