Passings
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
Thomas Campbell 1777-1844

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illiam H. Ballew '51, MS '57 of Midland, TX, died on June 1, 2007, at the Hospice of Midland Inpatient Unit. In 1942, as a 17-year-old, he followed his brother into the US Navy. Serving as a radar technologist, he spent time in Chicago, San Diego and Honolulu. At the conclusion of World War II, he returned to Colorado where he continued military service in the Army Corps of Engineers. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in geology and geological engineering. After leaving Mines, he turned down a scholarship from Harvard Law School so he and his new bride, Betty Louise Clark, could focus on their careers and family. In 1953, he moved to Midland, TX as a petroleum geologist with Shell Oil Co. After 10 years with Shell, he began working as an independent consultant. He was a longtime member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. With two sons playing baseball, he volunteered as a coach for Little and High Junior leagues. He served as a lay reader at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Betty Lou; his sister, Peggy Hankla; and his brother, Thomas. He is survived by his two sons, William and Scott; and one grandson.

William Bartlett '51 of Reno, NV, died on March 11, 2007. Prior to enrolling at Mines, Bill served in the Pacific as a corporal in the Marine Corps during World War II. Soon after graduating from Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering, he launched a long and prosperous career as a petroleum engineer in Saudi Arabia, remaining there until 1980. In 1961, he earned the award of Best Paper from the Arab Oil Summit in Alexandria, Egypt. Bill taught classes and workshops to engineering students in the Middle East and South America. An inveterate traveler, he was a champion of the Afghan people before, during and after their struggle against the Soviet Union. One of his greatest wishes was to see peace return to the people of that region and to the Middle East. Bill was a longtime volunteer for CSMAA and is survived by his wife of 49 years, Juliette; and his daughters Karen, Liza and Jennifer.

Thomas P. Bellinger II '47 of Dallas, TX, died on July 7, 2007. After graduating from Newton Falls Union School in Newton, NY in 1935, he went on to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, before beginning his active military service in Pearl Harbor in 1940. He was engineering officer of the USS Boggs during the Pearl Harbor attack. He graduated from Mines with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical and materials engineering before returning to active duty in Korea (1950-1953) as executive officer aboard the USS McNair, and later commanding officer of the USS Hulbert. In 1954, he served as associate professor of naval science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He transitioned from active military to employment with Chance-Vought in Grand Prairie, TX, as a registered professional engineer and was involved with projects such as the F-8 Crusader. Since retiring in the 1970s, he has enjoyed rebuilding classic cars and spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth and Judy; and his son, Howard Dye. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Dye; son, Thomas III; three granddaughters; and his brother, Jim.

Lisa L. Bissett ’94 of Boston, MA, died on February 13, 2007, at her home. Prior to earning her master’s degree in hydrogeology from Mines, she earned a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. After Mines, she went on to earn an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as a strategy professional for McKinsey and Co. and Clean Harbors. She also started the floral design business, Blooming Color. She enjoyed international travel, taking trips to Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, China and, most recently, the Galapagos Islands, accompanied by her husband and best friend, Matt Mcleod. In recent years, she volunteered at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. She is survived by her husband; her parents, Gerald and Kathleen Bissett; her sister Tara; her brother, Todd; her nephew, Gavin; and her grandmother, Conny Landmann.

Roy F. Carlson ’48 of Abilene, TX, died on June 25, 2007. Born near Longmont, CO, he served as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Navy during World War II. At Mines, in addition to earning his degree in petroleum engineering, he was editor of the Oredigger. After Mines, he earned another bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in mechanical engineering. He began his career as a petroleum engineer with Phillips Petroleum Company. While in Midland serving as the West Texas editor of the Oil and Gas Journal, he met his wife, Martha, with whom he shared more than 50 years. He joined the American Petroleum Institute in Dallas in 1953 and served as director of the Dallas office from 1966 until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and Kiwanis Club of Greater Abilene. He was predeceased by his brother, John E. Carlson. He is survived by his wife, Martha Scott Carlson; son, J. Scott; daughter, Laura Carlson Dyer; five grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth.

Clifford M. Chappell ’49 of Houston, TX, died on March 6, 2007. Born in Denver, he served in the Navy after graduating from high school. After completing his degree in geology and geological engineering at Mines, he joined the ROTC and became a commissioned officer in the Army Reserves. He worked for Shell Oil in Corpus Christi, TX on offshore explorations. While there, he met and married Rosine Joseph, with whom he shared his life for the next 56 years. After deciding to enter the computer field, he went to work for IBM first in Salt Lake City, UT; then Seattle, WA; and finally, Houston, TX. In Houston he developed expertise in array processors, specifically used to facilitate oil exploration. He attained the highest rank awarded any scientist in his division. After retiring from IBM, he worked briefly with Unocal to set up their computer department, before retiring permanently. He enjoyed cycling and square dancing with Rosine, and he was active in his synagogue, Brith Shalom. He also read for the blind and volunteered for MD Anderson Network in Houston. Cliff is survived by his wife; his sons, Glen and Rick; his daughter, Andrea; and three grandchildren.

Phillip Denbo, Jr. ’65 of Durango, CO, died at his home on January 9, 2007. A Colorado native, Phillip graduated from Mines with a degree in geophysical engineering, before serving in the U.S. Navy for two years in Pensacola, FL. In the mid-sixties, he moved to Durango, where he worked for oil companies on a seismographic crew. He was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by his daughter, Ann Malburg; and his sister, Cadette Denbo.

Norman H. Donald, Jr. ’39 died on August 19, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA. A geologist, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University before obtaining a second undergraduate degree in geology and geological engineering from Mines. In 1944, he became chief geologist for the St. Joseph Lead Company at Balmat, NY. He was later transferred to the company’s New York City office, where he became chief geologist and vice president in charge of world-wide exploration and production until his retirement in 1967. He was also associated with the New Jersey Zinc Company, a provider of lead and zinc to the World War II war effort. He is survived by his wife, Grace; his two sons, Norman H. Donald III and Williamson P. Donald; his brother, Douglas D. Donald; step-children, Peter Feininger and John Feininger and Gail Van Winkle; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Angelene Pell Donald; his daughter, Annette; his sister, Mary May Miller; and his grandson, Norman H. Donald IV.

Terry C. Huff ’73 died on July 7, 2007, in Lakewood, CO. He grew up in McCook, NE, where he graduated from high school in 1962 and shortly thereafter entered the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War. In 1971, he married Elaine Hayes, also from McCook, and the two moved to Denver. After earning his degree in petroleum engineering from Mines, he worked for Getty Oil and Murphy Oil Companies as a petroleum engineer. He was preceded in death by his two step-sons, Jay and Darryl Seger; and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; seven step-children, Jamison Seger, Elana Seger, Pamela Laidley, Christina Seger, Sabrina Schlegel, Viola Schlegel and Sidney Seger; his sister, Marilyn Augustyn; 14 step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Roger L. Kaesler ’59 of Lawrence, KS, died on August 11, 2007. He earned his bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Mines before going on to the University of Kansas, where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in paleontology, before joining the faculty. He retired from the university in 2006. He taught classes at the non-major, undergraduate and graduate levels. He also led a summer geology field camp in Canon City, CO. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Van Diest Medal from Mines. He also received the Geological Society of America’s Distinguished Service Award and KU Geology Department’s Haworth Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a fellow of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Paleontological Society (USA) and of the Geological Society of America. He is survived by his wife, Jerelyn Boudreaux Kaesler; his son, Stephen Kaesler; daughters Jane Kaesler Stotts, Andrea Kaesler, and Susanne Broussard Grossoehme; five grandchildren; and his brother, Walter Jr.

Richard Lowery ’52 of Midland, TX, died on March 31, 2007. Born in 1930, Richard grew up in Sedgwick, CO, where he balanced work on the family farm with academic studies and his place on the Sedgwick High School basketball team. At Mines, while earning his engineer of mines degree, he met his future wife, Mary LaVelle. They were married in Eades, CO, in 1953. Shortly thereafter, Richard was deployed to serve in the Korean War as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. Richard returned to civilian life in the U.S. two years later, going to work for Shell Oil in Houston. After 25 years with Shell, he retired and began working as operations manager for an oil company in West Texas called Maralo Inc. In 1994, his wife of 42 years, passed away. Richard was married to Sherri Hill Scott in 1996. He retired in 2000, devoting himself to family and church. He is survived by his wife, Sherri; his daughter, Nancy Mihlon; his three sons, Clark, John, and Brent; Sherri’s children, Penny, Scotty, and Monty; his three sisters, Louis Bowman, Marilyn Winans, and Esther Smith; his brother, Lawrence; and 23 grandchildren. In addition to his first wife, Mary, he was predeceased by his sister, Louise Murphy; and his two brothers, John and Roland.

Marvin A. Mantooth ’48 died on November 7, 2006, in Metairie, LA. Born in Denver, Marvin served in Europe in 1945 with the 3548th Ordinance. After earning his degree in petroleum engineering from Mines, he went to work for Chevron, drilling wells in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. It was during this interval that he met and married Dorothy Elizabeth Powell, also of Denver, with whom he moved to New Orleans in the fifties. He enjoyed a 40-year career with Chevron as a drilling and production engineer and was among the first to work in offshore recovery. After retiring in the 1980’s, he remained active in Chevron’s retirement organization and traveled. He was a member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his sons Chris and Geoff; his daughter, Janet Burgess; eight grandchildren; and his brother, Lester.

William E. McCool ’49 of Lakewood, CO, died on May 25, 2007. After growing up in Pennsylvania, he enrolled with Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1939 to study Aeronautical Engineering. During World War II, he was a P-40 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He flew in 80 combat missions in Africa, Sicily and Italy and served as an instructor after his tours overseas. He graduated from Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering and went to work as a cost estimator for Mine and Smelter Supply Company. Two years later, he began working for Shell Oil as a drilling and production engineer in the Mid-continent Division. After 28 years with Shell, Bill retired and pursued his lifelong passion for golf. He was predeceased by his wife, Beverly Joan. He is survived by his sons Richard and Stephen; his daughter, Mimi; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Fred F. Meissner ’53, MS ’54 of Littleton, CO, died on September 18, 2007. A Colorado native, he earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in geology and geological engineering. He served for two years during the Korean War in the Army Corps of Engineers. He then spent 17 years with Shell Oil Company, including a stint at the Shell Development Company research lab in Houston. Early in his career, he published several highly significant publications on cyclic and reciprocal sedimentation within the Permian Basin. Fred elected to stay in Denver when Shell consolidated its divisions in Houston in 1973. He subsequently worked in domestic and international exploration for several independent agencies, and later on his own as a consultant. In addition to receiving Mines’ Distinguished Achievement Medal, he received AAPG Honorary Membership, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) Distinguished Service Award and RMAG Scientist of the Year Award. He is survived by his wife Jackie; three children, Mark, Susanna, and Mike; 8 grandchildren; and his brother, Dick.

Adolph V. Mitterer ’52 of Lakewood, CO, died on August 22, 2007. Born in Denver, he graduated from West High School in 1945. He spent one year with the Army’s 252nd Engineer Construction Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant in Berlin, Germany, and a second year with the Army Corps of Engineers in Colorado. After graduating from Mines with an engineer of mines degree, he worked for the School’s Research Foundation. In 1954, he was employed by International Minerals & Chemicals as chief mining engineer at Carlsbad, NM, and later as a corporate mining engineer at IMC headquarters in Skokie, IL. He joined the Continental Oil Co. in 1978, initially based in Ponca City, OK, and then transferred to Denver, where he became manager of mining and milling for their minerals division. His final employment was at Rocky Mountain Energy Co., in Broomfield, CO, where he served as vice president for technical services. After retiring in 1988, he enjoyed time spent in the mountains, on his computer, taking photographs, vacationing and gardening. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley; two sons, Steven and Thomas; and a brother, Albert.

Frank J. Murphy ’50 of Aurora, CO, died on April 4, 2007, at Parker Adventist Hospital. Born in Denver, he graduated from Regis High School before serving as a radar operator in the U.S. Navy during World War II. While earning his degree in petroleum engineering at Mines, he met and married his wife of 55 years, Joan Gardener. After graduating, he worked as a junior petroleum engineer for the Union Oil Company of California in Newcastle, WY. Two years later, he returned to Denver to work for the California Company as a drilling engineer. His career took him around the country and the world, including Utah, Louisiana, Texas, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Norway. He was predeceased by his son, Pat, and his wife, Joan. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon; his sons, Mike and Dan; and eight grandchildren.

David W. Nelson died on November 27, 2007, in Littleton, CO. Born in 1983, in Ft. Defiance, AZ, David graduated from Round Valley High School in Springerville, AZ, in 2002, having played varsity soccer and earned his Eagle Scout award. While at Mines, he was active in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and was elected president of the chapter in his senior year. He was an avid video gamer and music lover. He also enjoyed basketball, racquetball and skiing. Having come close to completing his degree at Mines, a debilitating illness interrupted his studies in August 2005. It was his great hope that he would be able to return to Mines to complete his degree. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Sally Nelson; and by his sisters, Rachel and Miriam.

Scott D. Neunuebel’83 of Santa Rosa, CA, died on August 21, 2007. Scott graduated from Mines with a degree in mining engineering and worked in several gold mines in Colorado. He was later an account executive for Dean Witter Reynolds in Albuquerque, NM, before he moved to California. In Santa Rosa, he worked as a financial analyst for 16 years at Washington Mutual Bank. He is survived by his fiancé, Susan Main; his daughters, Rebecca and Danielle; his sons, Adam and Colin; his brother and sisters, David, Nancy, and Barbara; his father, Robert; and three grandchildren.

Bernard Radovsky ’55 of San Diego, CA, died on February 12, 2007. Born in Fall River, MA, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and drove trucks across North Africa, Italy and Southern France. While earning his degree in geological engineering at Mines, he met his first wife, Temple. After graduation, he worked as a petroleum geologist in Venezuela and Trinidad before returning to the United States, where he worked for Texas Gas Explorations in Houston as a senior geologist. In 1992, eight years after the death of his first wife, he married Margaret. During his retirement, he traveled extensively, often by motorcycle, VW bug and tramp steamer. He was a proud member of MENSA, read voraciously, played Scrabble aggressively and liked to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen. In addition to his first wife, Temple, he was predeceased by his siblings, Doris, Everett, Rita, Joseph, Joy, and Claire. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Laurie and Joseph; his two grandchildren; and his siblings, Lester, Billie, Avis, Saul, and Frank.

Ben H. Slothower, Sr. ’50 of Bozeman, MT, died on October 7, 2007, in his home. Born in California, he later moved with his family to Colorado Springs where he attended high school. His Mines education was interrupted by military service with the 15th Air Force, serving as an aerial navigator in Italy. After returning from active service, he married Patty-Rae Esmiol, with whom he spent 62 years. After earning his mining engineering degree from Mines, he went on to obtain an MBA from Stanford University Business School. He spent 23 years with Kennecott Copper Corporation in Salt Lake City, UT, after which he moved to Montana to operate a private mining consulting business, in which he was a partner. A board member of Holly Sugar Corp in Colorado Springs for 20 years, he maintained close ties with Colorado friends. He was a member of numerous professional mining societies and served on several boards of directors. He operated a ranch in Montana for several years with his son. An outdoorsman, he was an avid duck hunter. He enjoyed time on the river, boating, picnicking and spending time at the family’s cabin. He is survived by his wife, Patty-Rae; his son, Ben; and his daughter, Lucille.

Gerald C. Smith, Jr. ’82 of Moodus, CT, died January 6, 2004, at his home. He was born in Sidney, NY, where he graduated from Sidney High school in 1978. He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Mines, before going on to the University of Houston, where he earned a second undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. He worked as a service engineer for Babcock and Wilcox in New York City, while residing in Kingston, NY. He moved to Moodus in June 1999, where he worked as an engineer for Northeast Utilities. He is survived by his wife, Nancy A. Lavriha-Smith; his two children, Devin and J.T.; his parents, Gerald C. Sr. and Ann; his grandmother, Shirley; and two sisters, Shelley and Kristen.

P. Kent Tribelhorn ’69 of Santa Fe, NM, died on March 15, 2007. Born in Denver, he met and married his wife, Kathryn, in 1967, while still a student at Mines. After earning his degree in petroleum engineering, he launched his career as a project controls engineer. He was a keen outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping and boating. He also enjoyed motorcycling, woodworking and making model planes. He is survived by his wife; his son, Kevin; his daughter, Kelly; one granddaughter; and his sister, Diane Outerbridge.

Paul A. Wichmann ’58 of The Woodlands, TX, died on August 13, 2007, in Houston. Born in Tulsa, OK, he spent much of his childhood in Calgary. A successful athlete throughout his youth, he was named the Outstanding Track Athlete and High Scorer at Mines after medaling in both his hurdles specialties in two conference meets. After earning his degree in petroleum engineering from Mines, he joined Shell Oil as an exploration engineer, later moving on to Dresser Atlas, where he remained for 17 years. While with Atlas, he earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He served as British Petroleum’s chief petrophysicist for seven years and helped develop Prudhoe Bay Oil Field on Alaska’s North Slope. He subsequently joined Teleco as vice president and chief petrophysicist. He is the author or co-author of 40 papers, and spoke and taught widely. An active member of the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts, he earned its Medal of Honor, having served the society in several capacities, including as president. During retirement he was ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church and volunteered to teach children and young adults. He was predeceased by his brother, Lothar. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margie; daughter, Gretchen Juergens; sons, Robert and Russell; seven grandchildren; brother, Dewitt; and sisters, Barbara Bateman and Dorothy Maas.

Also In Memoriam
Michael J. Belt '89.................................August 20, 2007
John H. Church '50................................August 10, 2007
Richard C. Johnson '52.........................August 29, 2007
Matthew S. Mitchell '00, MS '06.............August 17, 2007
Thomas E. Northrop '32.............................May 29, 2007