Victor ‘Vic’ L. Hayes Jr. ’48 of Charlotte, N.C., died March 22, 2012. He was born in Casper, Wyo., in 1922. Vic attended MIT before transferring to Mines in 1941, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. As a second lieutenant in the 1253rd Engineer Combat Battalion, he helped build a heavy pontoon bridge across the Rhine River at Wesel, Germany, in March 1945. He returned to Mines after the war to complete his professional degree in metallurgical and materials engineering. After graduation, he launched a 37-year career with Phillips Petroleum in Odessa, Texas, traveling extensively as a senior metallurgical engineer to the United Kingdom, Norway, Kuwait, Egypt, Indonesia and Iran. Vic retired from Phillips in 1985. He was a member of the Mines President’s Council, a Boy Scout leader, active in Kiwanis, and an ER volunteer at Jane Phillips Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and is survived by daughter Amy Baker, sons Scott and Anthony, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
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