Passings
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."


Wayne P. Bott '86 of Huntington Beach, CA died on February 12, 2008.  Born in 1963, he grew up in Arvada, attending Arvada High School where he played football. After graduating from Mines with degrees in math and chemical engineering, he went on to work for Mangan, Inc. Friends and coworkers remember him as charismatic, yet down-to-earth. He and his wife, Sharlot, were competitive swing dancers, at one point taking six years out from their careers to tour, teach and compete in national competitions. Athletic throughout his life, he organized company volleyball and wallyball games among his colleagues during his 15 years with the company. A self-described geek, he was respected by his colleagues as one of the most talented control systems engineers in the industry. They also respected him for the adventurous life-course he and his wife charted together. He is survived by his wife, Sharlot; his parents, John and Dixie Bott; his sisters, Lori Brown and Lana Mayns; and his grandmother, Minnie Ginther.

Michael T. Brezina '80 of Houston, TX died on December 5, 2005. After earning his degree in chemical engineering from Mines, he spent four years in Germany as a captain in the U.S. Army. He later went to Boston University to earn his MBA. During his years living in Baton Rouge, he volunteered for numerous charities. At the time of his death, he was a project engineer with ExxonMobil and a vice-chairperson of the company’s corporate volunteer council. He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Karen; his two daughters, Tara and Alexy; his brother, Steve; and his sister, Camille Scheuer.

Glen D. Cheney '58 passed away on November 13, 2007, in Delta, CO.  Before coming to Mines to earn his degree in petroleum engineering, he served in active duty in Korea with the U.S. Army. While attending Mines he met Marjorie Browne Simpson, whom he married in 1956. At Mines he formed a flying club, helping to raise $500 to buy a 1946 Piper Cub—flying was a lifelong passion from then on. His career included working for the USGS in Santa Fe, NM, and Sinclair Gas & Oil in Wyoming. During the sixties, he spent two years working in West Pakistan as a project engineer for Tipton and Kalmbach. He also worked on the Titan 1 Missile Program in Colorado and Washington State. In addition to flying, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and skiing. He owned and operated Delta Air Service, Inc. out of Delta, CO for 12 years, beginning in the mid-eighties. In 1996, he purchased a hanger home in Salome, AZ so he could continue to fly during his retirement. Glen is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjorie; his son, Steven; his daughters, Lisa Tourney and Alison Thomas; his brother, Eldon; his sisters, Charlotte Thompson and Helen Beaugh; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert P. Comstock '41 of Ocean Springs, MS died on May 3, 2008. After graduating from Mines with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, he served aboard the U.S.S. Curtis during World War II. Described as “Always a gentleman and always a gentle man," he was an active member of the Masonic Lodge of Kettle Falls, IA, and a past president of the Colorado Mining Association. Although he lived in Denver for much of his career, he traveled extensively for his work with Ideal Basic. He retired in 1992 and moved to Mississippi, where he became very involved with the local golf community of St. Andrews. In addition, he enjoyed bridge and attended many social events. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary. He is survived by his daughter, Corinne Comstock and her husband, Robert Halvorsen.

James W. Ditto '95 died March 19, 2007. Born in Chillicothe, OH, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965, his tour of duty taking him to Vietnam. After moving to Denver and attending CU for a time, be began working for Coors Brewing Company, where he obtained seven patents for the company. While still an engineer at Coors, he attended Mines. After earning his degree in electrical engineering, he pursued several entrepreneurial projects. He received two more patents, and taught himself multiple programming languages so that he could complete a math learning program for students K-6. Jim’s many interests included hunting, biking, walking, ice fishing, basketball and camping. He also loved astronomy, and would lead tours and present evening programs at the DU Observatory. He will be remembered for many qualities, in particular for how he channeled his vast intelligence and inventiveness for the benefit of others. Jim is survived by his dear friend Beverly Earley; his son, Michael; daughter, Holly; brother, Charles; and numerous stepsiblings. He was predeceased by his wife, Elisa Notarianni.

Joseph L. Fusselman '42 passed away on February 15, 2008 in Centennial, CO. Born in Oklahoma in 1919, he graduated first from the Oklahoma Military Academy and then later earned his degree in petroleum engineering from Mines. While at Mines he lettered in hockey, and, more importantly met his wife, Jean Burdette; they were married prior to his graduation in 1942. Serving with the rank of major, he spent four years with the Army in Alaska during World War II setting up temporary landing strips for Allied forces operating in the Pacific. After the war, his career in the oil industry included working for Amerado Petroleum, Texaco Oil, Trigood Oil, Great Plains Oil and his own company, Minerals Management, Inc. He and Jean moved from Louisiana to Cody, WY, before settling in Casper to raise their family. In the early seventies, they returned to Denver before he retired in 1977. He enjoyed horses, cattle, fishing, pheasant hunting, golf, football and traveling with his wife. He is survived by his wife Jean; sons Van, Fred, and Jim; daughter, Luanne Nilsson; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Ralph L. Hennebach '41 passed away on March 6, 2008.  He was born in Garfield, UT, but grew up in Leadville, CO, where his father was superintendent of the Leadville Smelter and Refinery. He earned his degree in metallurgical engineering from Mines and an MBA from MIT in 1953. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he returned to Denver to marry his sweetheart, Mary Lou Johnston. While still in high school, Ralph had begun his career with ASARCO with a job as carpenter’s assistant; he returned after the war, and ultimately became CEO and chairman of the company before retiring in 1985. He served as a director of many boards and was a great supporter of Mines, creating a large endowment that supports the Hennebach Lecture Series, designed to stimulate interest in the humanities among faculty and students. He and his wife of 61 years raised their family in Short Hills, NJ, and enjoyed playing golf and traveling. Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; his son, Mark; his daughters, Anne Kirspel and Margo Hennebach; his sister, Carmen Fisher; and six grandchildren.

Carl L. Hiltrop prof. '60—'82 passed away on December 18, 2007. He was born in Farmington, IL in 1922. Shortly after graduating from high school—the first person in his family to do so—he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a flight engineer primarily on B-24 bombers. After the war, he went on to attend Bradley University in Peoria, and then Iowa State University in Ames, where he completed PhDs in both chemistry and geology. In 1960 he joined Mines’ Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry. A dynamic teacher, students acknowledged his dedication with several teaching awards and honorary memberships to student clubs and societies. He was the faculty sponsor of the soccer team, a timer for varsity wrestling, a referee for Engineer’s Day events and a regular participant in the annual Orecart Push to the capitol. A skilled marksman and hunter, he loved the outdoors, visiting Alaska every summer for many years. After retiring in 1982, he moved first to Nampa, ID, then to the state of Washington. Carl is survived by his wife, Claudia. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings.

James C. Hollingsworth MS '53 of Shreveport, LA died on September 26, 2007. Serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 in radio intelligence, he landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and was later awarded the Bronze Star Medal. After the war, he returned to Shreveport, LA, where he attended Centenary College, earning a bachelor’s degree in geology, graduating magna cum laude and gaining admission to the honor fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa. He later attended Mines where he earned his master’s degree in geophysics. After graduating from Mines, he embarked on a long career in the energy industry, working for Colorado Exploration Co., Phillips Petroleum, Nilo Oil and Tensas Delta Land Company. More recently, operating as an independent consulting geologist from his home town of Shreveport, LA, he worked with numerous clients throughout Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Blessed with a long and successful career, he will be remembered for his love of family, faith in God, loyalty to friends and service to his country. He was predeceased by his wife of 27 years, Marian Pardue. He is survived by his daughters Marian Keator and Robin LaBorde; his son, James C. Hollingsworth Jr.; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Jesus L. Jalandoni '40 of Manila, Philippines died on September 25, 2007. Jesus was born in Iloilo City in the Philippines, the second of 12 children. He began his college studies at the University of the Philippines before transferring to Mines, where he earned an engineer of mines degree. After graduation, he returned to the Philippines and served in the guerrilla forces until the country was liberated in 1945. Less than a year later, he married Angeles Locsin Soriano. He produced sugar cane during his early career, and he was vital to the formation of a planters association in his area. He moved to Manila in 1959, where he ventured into real estate, flour milling, appliance manufacturing, banking and insurance. He was a director of many companies, as well as chairman emeritus of Liberty Flour Mills. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Angeles; his sons, Benjamin, Jose and Jesus Jr.; and his daughters, Maria Lourdes and Anna.

George Kinsel '55 died on March 31, 2008. Born in Altoona, PA, he travelled west to attend Mines immediately after leaving high school. Prior to completing his degree in petroleum engineering, he served as a Navy pilot in Japan and Korea from 1951 until 1952. In subsequent years, he continued to serve in the Naval Reserve squadrons in Denver and Dallas. After Mines, he completed graduate studies at Carnegie Institute of Technology. George married Helen K. Byer in 1960. During his career, he worked for Reda Pump, Primerica Life Insurance, Thermopolis Travel Service, several oil companies in the Rocky Mountains, and the Conservation Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. George spent his free time swimming, working out in the gym, hunting, fishing and playing tennis. He was active in his church, the Lion’s Club and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He is survived by his wife, Helen; their children, Sheila Sue Anderson and Troy; a daughter and son from a previous marriage, Karen and Bruce; and two granddaughters.

Martin Lesser '55 of Boca Raton, FL died on October 30, 2007. He received a degree in geological engineering at Mines, where he was a member of the Blue Key Society and Beta Theta Pi. After completion of his military service at Fort Bragg, NC, he switched career paths, joining IBM as a computer analyst in 1962. He worked in the Strategic Air Command base near Omaha, NE, before transferring to IBM’s personal computer division in Boca Raton, FL, where he worked until his retirement in 1994. He is survived by his wife,
Mickey; two sons; a daughter; four brothers; one sister; and four grandchildren.

Richard Ray Loring '38 died on April 9, 2007. Born in Lewiston, ID, he graduated from Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering. During the early years of his career, he worked for Texaco in Bogota, Columbia, for four years. He spent three years in the South Pacific during World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Upon his return, he returned to Texaco for a time, before transferring to W. C. McBride Oil Co., where he worked for 33 years, primarily as a production manager. Before retiring, he worked independently as a petroleum consultant for five years. Richard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Medie Reeve; their daughter, Sandra Goodson; two grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Reeve Ray; his parents; his brother, Ralph; and two stepdaughters, Delores Gaines and Charlotte Singleton.

Kent Miller '54, MS '59 of Kerrville, TX died on March 31, 2008. Kent was born in Roswell, NM and grew up in Midland, TX. The son of Milward K. Miller ’26, Kent played football for Mines for all of his undergraduate years. On campus, his conspicuous height and red hair earned him the nickname “The Big Red Goose”—affectionately shortened to “Goose.” Graduating with a degree in geology and geological engineering and a master’s in metallurgical engineering, he went on to receive an MBA from the University of New Haven, CT. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Kent spent most of his career in West Virginia and Connecticut working as a production manager for Republic Foil, United Nuclear, Criterion Metals and Pfizer Inc. Kent was an ardent and talented golfer and an avid reader. He loved animals, classical music and cooking, and he was devoted to his family. Kent is survived by his wife of 20 years, Carol Miller; his sons, Mark and Kevin; his daughters, Leslie Gustafson and Piper Sudweeks; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; six stepchildren; and his sisters Marilyn Hanson, Mary Jane Andrews, and Margie Nagle.

Matthew S. Mitchell  '00, MS '06 died at his home in Bremerton, WA on August 17, 2007. A Colorado native, he grew up in Thornton and attended Horizon High School, where he was the valedictorian of his class in 1996. After earning his chemical engineering degree from Mines in 2000, he worked for the ATMEL Corporation in Colorado Springs for several years. He then returned to Mines, where he completed his master’s degree in chemical engineering in 2006. At that time he took an engineering position with the Department of the Navy at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where he worked until his death. He enjoyed hiking and biking in the mountains of Colorado and Washington. He was predeceased by an infant brother.  He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth; sister, Jennifer; father, Bruce; step-mother, Janice; and numerous family and friends. All dearly miss him. Contributions may be made to the Matthew Stewart Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Colorado School of Mines Foundation.

Dale L. Roberts '50 of Norman, OK died on October 9, 2007. Born in Stafford, KS, he later moved with his parents to Colorado and graduated from Wheat Ridge High School. During World War II, he served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy. In 1948, two years before graduating with a degree in geological engineering, he was married to Emma Rudy in Colorado Springs. After graduation, he worked as a geological engineer for the Atomic Energy Commission, which took him to Peru; Ideal Cement in Ada, OK; and Mustang Fuel in Oklahoma City. In his free time and after he retired, Dale spent his time ranching, training horses and raising his family. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and a loyal member of the Church of Christ, who also served on the Board of Development and Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Christian University. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emma; his daughters, Alana Knight and Gail Brazle; a sister, Elaine Wells; a brother, Neal; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

George Edward Robertson '41 of Truckee, CA died on June 23, 2007. After earning his degree in petroleum engineering from Mines, he spent six months working for Phillips Petroleum before beginning service with the Army Corps of Engineers. During World War II, he spent two years in Alaska constructing airfields and housing in support of operations in the Pacific theater. He then spent six months in the Philippines building petroleum storage and pipelines. After the war, he worked for various companies before opting to run his own small business until his retirement in 1974. Known for his commitment to community service, George received the Nevada County Senior Hero of the Year award in 1998, the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Bush in 2005 and was presented with the Key to the Town of Truckee by the Truckee Town Council and Mayor in 2006 for his steadfast attendance at virtually every Town Council meeting since the Town’s incorporation—this latter achievement earned him the nickname of the “Voice of the Public” and Truckee’s “Sixth Council Member.” In 2003, he earned an award for 2000+ hours of volunteering from the Tahoe Forest Hospital. A devout Christian, he devoted time to the First Baptist Church of Truckee as both an administrator and a Sunday school teacher. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ellen; his daughters, Margaret Holmes and Barbara Robertson; his son, G. David; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Vernon; and his sister, Blanche Norcross.

William Everett Sherbondy '40 of Cory, CO passed away on September 8, 2007.  He was born in Aspen and graduated from North Denver High School. He earned his degree in geological engineering from Mines and a year later married Beatrice Hagen. His 14 years of service with the U.S. Marine Reserves concluded with an honorary retirement as major. The majority of his career was spent as a topographical photogrammetrist with the USGS, where he was valued as one of their best cartographers. He moved from Lakewood to Cory after his retirement in 1973, where he enjoyed reading, farming his four acres, volunteering for his church and many do-it-yourself projects. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beatrice; his daughters, Nancy Turner, Norma Stroupe and Nina White; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Harry L. Shively '51 passed away on November 21, 2007, in Oro Valley, AZ. He was born in 1919 on a farm near Mt. Summit, IN into a family of twelve children. After graduating from high school, he worked for his uncle on a construction crew; the job took him west to Colorado where he met his wife, Marietta. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a navigator on B-29 Bombers. For much of his tour of duty, he was stationed on the Pacific island of Saipan. After honorable discharge with the rank of captain, he came to Golden to complete his degree in mining engineering. After graduation, he initially worked in coal mining in Utah, but in 1953 took a job with Duval Corporation. Over the next 30 years, he worked in potash mining in New Mexico and Saskatchewan, Canada; in sulphur mining in Texas; and in copper mining in Arizona. He retired from Duval in 1984 and, until very recently, continued to do the things he loved best—auto restoration, golfing and bowling. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marietta; his daughters, Marilyn O’Brien and Cindy Phelps; two sisters; three brothers; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Charles L. Yarbrough, Jr. '64 died at his home in Arnold, CA on December 18, 2007. Having earned his degree as a petroleum engineer from Mines, he spent several years working for Gulf Oil Company in Midland, TX; Bakersfield, CA; Houston, TX; London; and Lagos, Nigeria. He subsequently became a property restorer in California—his latest project was in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Angels Camp. He is survived by his
mother, Val; his son, C.L. Yarbrough III; his daughters, Amy and Jennifer; and seven grandchildren.

Also In Memoriam

Roy R. Albertzart '58…………….... Feb, 1982
Donald G. Foot '38………………… Sept 26, 2001
Hurley D. Pepper '50…………….....Feb 4, 2007
Basil V. Savoy '47…………………..July 22, 2007
Joseph A. Scheuering '67………...July 6, 2007
Samuel A. Spence '47……………...Nov 25, 2005