E. Jay Mayhew ’41 died on February 18, 2010. Jay was born in 1916 and grew up on his family’s farm near Trusdale, Kan. On August 3, 1938, shortly after starting his career at Mines, he and Helen M. Moore eloped. After graduating from Mines with a degree in geological engineering, he immediately went to work as the chief geologist for Great Lakes Carbon Company in Moab, Utah. After deciding he wanted to spend less time on the road and more time at home, Jay began working for himself. In total he launched five companies, which ranged from drilling mud services to clay mineral exploration, including Utah Mud Company in Albuquerque. He discovered the potash of the Paradox Basin, a number of uranium deposits, and several deposits of rare clays in Nevada. Jay and his family eventually moved back to Colorado, where he began working for the Colorado School of Mines Research Foundation. He received three patents for drilling fluids and was a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. An active community member, Jay served a term in the Utah Legislature, and volunteered frequently for various Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and high school activities. He was also named an Honorary Member of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association in 2007 for his many years of support for the organization. Jay and his wife enjoyed travelling, and visited South America, Asia and Australia. Helen predeceased Jay after 65 years of marriage. He is survived by his sons, John ’67, ’69, Robert and Allen; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
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