InMem_Ruehle2_webWilliam H. Ruehle ’52 of Denton, Texas, died January 27, 2013. Bill was born in 1928 in the silver mining camp of Rosario, Honduras, to American parents. He earned a professional degree in geophysical engineering from Mines, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the varsity track and field team. Entering UCLA in 1959, Bill received a doctorate in physics and later did advanced studies at Southern Methodist University.

In addition to serving in the U.S. Navy as an aerographer in Hawaii, he worked for Mobil Oil for 37 years, starting as an engineer on seismic exploration crews, and culminating with the position of chief geophysicist for exploration and production. Bill led projects worldwide and was an innovator in the field of oil exploration and production, with 30 patents to his credit. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan; daughter Catherine; sons Patrick, Kevin, Matthew and Bill; and eight grandchildren.