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


Millard “Bens” E. Benson ’52 of Windsor, CO, passed away on January 8, 2009. Born in Batavia, IL, in 1926, he and his family moved to Burlingame, CA in the late thirties. There he attended high school, started college and met the love of his life, G. Aldeen Erickson. On August 28, 1948, the two were married. They moved to Golden so Bens could attend Mines, where he joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1952, he graduated with a degree in petroleum engineering and launched a 30-year career with Texaco, starting in Paso Robles and the San Ardo fields around Sacramento, CA. Bens and Aldeen moved up and down the coast of California while raising their two children. After they graduated high school, he and his wife lived in Iran, England and Portugal; he also lived for a short time in Angola. Bens retired from Texaco in 1982, and then he and Aldeen moved to Oklahoma City, OK, to work for Kerr McGee. Beyond his work, Bens spent time volunteering as a teacher for youth and church groups. He was always athletic: football in high school, track and field in college. He also enjoyed golf, tennis and skiing. He and Aldeen enjoyed playing cribbage, and were known around many bridge tables. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August 2008. He is survived by his wife; son, Ray; daughter, Sharon; three grandchildren; and brother, Phil.

Floyd D. Burnside ’50 of Highlands Ranch, CO, died on May 1, 2009. Born in Westfield, PA, in 1922, Floyd met his wife Charlotte while attending Painted Post High School in New York. After graduating, they attended separate colleges: Floyd to Mines and Charlotte to Syracuse and Ithaca College for music. At Mines, Floyd was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and graduated with a professional degree in petroleum engineering. In 1941, he enlisted with the Navy Air Corps and was an ensign with Navy Squadrons 18 and 20 from 1941 to 1946. On July 3, 1948, Floyd and Charlotte were married in Bath, NY. Together they traveled the world, climbing the pyramids in Egypt and kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland. They raised their family in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Floyd spent 28 years with Shell Oil and also enjoyed several years as a petroleum instructor with his friend, Jerry Bond. He was predeceased by Charlotte in 2003. He is survived by his son, Kim; daughters, Linda and Diane; and five grandchildren.

Michael “Myke” W. Carver ’73 of Springbrook, WI, passed away on May 12, 2007. Born in Denver in 1946, Myke graduated from Ranum High School in 1964 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served on the USS Hornet for two deployments during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, he continued his education at the University of Colorado, studying aerospace engineering. He then came to Mines to study geophysical engineering, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1973. After moving to Irving, TX, and later Salt Lake City, UT, for work, Michael settled in Springbrook in 1986 to help run a bed and breakfast with his future wife, Kathy Fredricks. He enjoyed expressing himself through his writing and through his sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his mother, Esther Moakley; his brothers, Bill Carver and Joe Moakley; and sisters, Kathy Moakley and Judy Devine.

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Albert F. Czarnowsky ’48 of Fort Collins, CO, passed away on April 30, 2009. Born in 1919, Albert grew up in Denver and graduated from North High School before attending Mines. After his sophomore year, during the summer of 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as a bombardier on a B-17, flying missions over France and Germany in 1943. He returned to Mines after the war and graduated with a professional degree in mining engineering in 1948, the same year he married Helen Lesage, the sister of Robert Lesage ’48. He began his career as the resident mine engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad at their underground coal mines near Rock Springs, WY. In 1951, he joined the Mining Conservation Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey as a mining engineer. In 1959, he moved to Montana with the USGS as the area mining supervisor and presided over the coal leasing activity that occurred in the sixties and seventies in the famed Powder River Basin of Wyoming. In 1975, he was transferred to New Mexico to oversee uranium activity. He retired in 1981. He and Helen returned to Colorado in 1985, taking up residence in Fort Collins. He served as a director of ACZ Inc., a mining and environmental testing laboratory owned by his son, Alan Czarnowsky ’75. In addition to serving as a director, Albert assisted as a project adviser on many of the company’s coal projects throughout the western U.S. His beloved Helen passed away in 1991. He is survived by his daughter, Christyne; sons, Alan and Michael; four granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

Frederick L. Doty ’43 of Statesville, NC, died on June 9, 2008. Born in Wheat Ridge, CO, Frederick attended Mines after winning a competitive statewide scholarship. He graduated with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. During his senior year at Mines, he joined the U.S. Navy and was later sent to Midshipman School at Notre Dame. After making ensign, he was sent to Brooklyn, NY, to oversee production work on ships. In 1945, he married Lois Fahey Doty of Astoria, NY. He was then transferred to Portsmouth, VA, for underwater explosives testing on Navy ships. In 1948, he was sent to the Bureau of Ships in Washington, DC, for a research program in the development of welding procedures in the first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus. Frederick also received a degree in mechanical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, and an MBA from New York University. In 1963 he retired from the Navy, after serving for 20 years. While working for International Paper, he moved to Statesville and became active in the local Rotary Club and country club. He served as chapter president of the Rotary Club, was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow, and was named Rotarian of the Year. He enjoyed painting, golf, gardening, traveling, reading and Civil War history. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois; his son, Larry; daughter, Ami Maples; two sisters; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Clinton R. Hoagland ’70 of Banner, WY, died on February 21, 2009. Clinton was born in Greeley, CO, in 1948. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1966 and from the Colorado School of Mines in 1970 with a degree in geophysical engineering. Two years after graduating, he joined his grandfather in the ranching business and also became a real estate broker, owning his own company for the next 25 years. He was very active in his community, serving as president of the Elizabeth, CO, Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Elbert County Fair Board, president of the Kiowa Soil Conservation District, co-chair of the Elbert County Planning Commission and charter member of the Douglas-Elbert County Board of Realtors. At the time of his death, he was president-elect of Round-Up Riders of the Rockies. In 1995, he purchased the Banner Ranch in Banner, WY, where he continued in the ranching business. While living in Banner, Clinton served on the board and as president of the Big Horn Equestrian Center. He enjoyed outdoor activities, including pack trips to the mountains, fishing, hunting, and playing polo. Clinton is survived by his wife, Janet Hoagland; son, William Hoagland; and mother, Mary L. Hoagland.

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R. W. “Bob” Hougland ’55 passed away on April 24, 2009. Born in 1925 in Towner, CO, Bob spent his younger years on the Wild Horse Corral and Cold Springs Ranch in Kansas, before moving to Loveland, CO, at the age of eight. When he was 17, he enlisted with the U.S. Navy and served in the Naval Air Corps’ Air Group Six until the end of World War II, during which time he earned citations and commendations for meritorious and heroic service. In 1947, he married Marian Bader of Loveland, and she supported him while he completed high school and earned a professional degree in mining engineering from Mines. He was inducted into the Sigma Gamma Epsilon honor society while at the school. In 1955, the couple moved to Carlsbad, NM, where Bob was a junior engineer with International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. Throughout his 37-year career, he advanced through many positions, ultimately retiring as a plant manager and senior vice president. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marian; his sons, Robert and Larry; his daughters, Donna Hougland Owen and Patricia Hougland Oliva; twelve grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Leonard D. Jones ’71 of Littleton, CO, died on February 14, 2009. Born in Cheyenne, WY, in 1948, Leonard earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering at Mines. During his years on campus, he became a member of Blue Key, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, and Scabbard and Blade. In 1985, he received an MBA from Nova University. He also earned a master’s degree in computer information systems from Regis University. His career included time working for the Army Corp of Engineers, Stauffer Chemical Company, Wisconsin Energy Corporation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, TCI, Qwest Communications and, most recently, Booz Allen Hamilton, where he served as a senior consultant since 2006. In addition, Leonard cultivated a keen interest in energy-efficient construction practices. He ran his own professional engineering firm, specializing in earth building, evaluating energy systems, designing sustainable buildings and helping with building permit applications. At his funeral, his daughters reflected, “Our father was the smartest person we knew. He taught us how to build a fence, how to change the oil in our cars, how to wire a shed powered by solar and wind power, how to build a Volkswagen engine from scratch, how to hot wire a tractor, how to piece together a computer tower, and how with Google and a stack of books, anyone can be an expert at anything.” An outdoorsman, Leonard enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, snowshoeing and just walking the trails around their foothill community with his two Australian shepherds. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; his daughters, Shannon Fern and Meghan Tripp; his brother, Philip; and his mother, Mary Harden Jones.

Howard W. Leaf ’50 of Aquasco, MD, died April 25, 2009. Howard graduated from Mines with a professional degree in geophysical engineering. While at the school, he participated in cross-country, and track and field. He went on to earn a master’s degree in geophysics from St. Louis University in 1955. In 1984, he retired from his position as assistant vice chief of staff at the Pentagon with the rank of lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force, ending a distinguished military career. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces, and in 1950, he joined the newly formed United States Air Force. He was a fighter pilot in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Howard’s service earned him the Distinguished Service Medal, two Silver Stars, two awards of the Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal and 16 Air Medals. From 1961 to 1964, he worked in the Office of Scientific Research at the Pentagon. Later he was moved to Langley Air Force Base as deputy chief of staff for requirements; in the late 1970s he oversaw weapons testing at Kirland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. He also served as the inspector general of the Air Force in the early 1980s, overseeing investigations, anti-terrorism and counterintelligence. In 1986, an award was created in his honor for officers and civilians in Air Force Inspection. After he retired from the Air Force, he worked for an engineering company in McLean, VA. From 1991 to 1997, he was a civilian director of the Air Force’s Test and Evaluation Directorate at the Pentagon. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Madonna; three daughters, Mary Beth Leaf, Barbara Leaf, and Anne Marie Moore; three sons, Timothy, Thomas and Daniel; 11 grandchildren; and his sister. 

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Farrest “Gail” G. Loper ’60 of Medford, OR, passed away on February 27, 2009. After graduating from Riverton High School in Wyoming, Gail attended Mines, where he earned a professional degree in mining engineering. He continued his education throughout his career, earning a master’s of engineering and business from the University of Southern Florida, and an MBA from Harvard. Gail worked for IMC, The Foxboro Company, Honeywell, Allied Signal Aerospace Division and T-Systems, where he was CEO. He also served on many boards in various fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture appointed him to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Advisory Council, and he served on the University of Arizona’s Industrial Advisory Council. His personal interests ranged from motorcycle enduro racing, sailing and skiing, to the study of the bible, Roman history, woodworking and breeding quarter horses. Before retirement, he taught in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix. Recent passions included extensive research into the theory of global warming, and his woodworking shop, were he designed and crafted custom furniture. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dixie; sons, Michael and Tim; daughter Christine; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Rulon S. “Moe” Mahannah ’47 of Kelowna, BC, died on July 14, 2007. Born in Fruita, CO, in 1923, Rulon grew up in Grand Junction and graduated from Mines with a professional degree in geological engineering. In the late stages of World War II, he joined the U.S. Air Force as a fighter pilot. After his service, he joined Shell Oil, and in 1953, he moved to Canada with his wife, Connie, and their children. Remaining with Shell for many years, he climbed the ranks to become vice president of Crowsnest Resources, Shell Oil’s coal subsidiary. Rulon’s interests included world events, politics, investing and playing pool. Recently he built a new home as an extension of his daughter’s house in Kelowna, where he made sure there was ample space for his pool table, as well as a full-size workshop and a large garage. His daughter, Carol, writes, “He flew his own airplane and introduced me to the tips of the Rocky Mountains. He was a great outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing in the Pacific Ocean in his Boston Whaler, and canoeing and camping with his family. He repaired cars and designed and welded wrought iron railings. He… built furniture, basements, closets and a sailboat. He was an avid gardener, specializing in tomatoes and two-foot long zucchinis. He was a computer whiz. Alas, he was not that good at dancing. Only my mother seemed to be able to follow his rhythm, which she did, with grace, for 56 years.” He is survived by his six children, fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by Connie.

Scott J. Marshall III passed away May 8, 2009. From 1954 to 1991, Professor Marshall taught electrical engineering at Mines. Deeply respected by colleagues and students alike, he began in the Electrical Engineering Department, which was later merged into the Basic Engineering group and then the Division of Engineering. He also taught surveying and computer programming classes. He was responsible for installing and housing the HP 3000 on campus. In 1955, he started the Mines golf team, which he coached until his retirement. He enjoyed the opportunity to not only play and teach a sport but also to engage with students outside the classroom. In his later years, Scott enjoyed traveling, bowling, fishing and reading. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church throughout his life, serving in numerous leadership positions, as well as singing in the choir and ringing handbells. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Rae; son, Scott; daughters, Sharon Becker and Pamela Tumler; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and his sister.

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Robert “Bob” Merritt ’48 of Lakewood, CO, died on January 21, 2009. Robert was born in 1921 in Denver but spent much of his childhood in Houston and then San Francisco. During World War II, he trained to become a pilot, serving in the 8th Air Force and piloting a C-47. The Swedish government recognized his service upon the 50th anniversary of the end of the war. Bob graduated from Mines with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. His first jobs took him to Pittsburgh and then Laramie, but eventually he returned to Colorado to work for the Colorado School of Mines Research Institute, a position he held until his retirement in 1984. He specialized in the field of uranium processing, work which took him to Eastern Europe and Peru. He wrote a book on the subject titled, The Extractive Metallurgy of Uranium in 1971, which is still used in the industry today. The Society of Mining Engineers of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers recognized Robert as a Distinguished Member. He met his wife of 59 years, Imogene Neff, on a blind date. Bob was an avid skier, camper, four-wheeler and fly fisherman. He enjoyed backpacking in the Colorado back-country into his 80’s. He is survived by his wife; daughters, Catherine Merritt and Linda Burkhardt; son, Steve; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Kenneth L. Morrison ’38 of Rawlins, WY, passed away on January 5, 2009. Born in Golden, CO, in 1917, Kenneth attended school in Greeley, CO, before returning to Golden to attend Mines. After graduating with a degree in petroleum engineering, he started working for Sinclair in East Chicago, IL, and then in 1943, he returned to the West to work at the refinery in Sinclair, WY. Kenne0p-oth married Lois Frederick in Sinclair in 1945, before serving in the U.S. Army 1946 – 1947. After his military service, he resumed working for the Sinclair refinery. Kenneth was a longtime Cub Scout Master and was in the Toastmasters Club since its organization. He served as lay reader for St. James Episcopal Church for 20 years; he also served as lay reader and served on the vestry for St. Thomas Episcopal Church for several years. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lois; his daughter, Dorothy Morrison; his two sons, Gregory and Frederick; five granddaughters; and one sister, Anne Arnold.

Francis O. Mueller ’53 of Kensington, CA, died on October 21, 2008. Born in Kansas in 1931, he graduated from high school in Ellsworth, KS, and then attended Mines, where he graduated with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley. It was at UC Berkeley that he met his wife, Joan. Francis worked for a variety of companies during his career, including Caterpillar, Atlas, Bechtel, SOHIO, BP, as well as a stint with the U.S. Navy. He was president of his local chapter of the American Society for Metals. He was passionate about designing and creating, leaving behind a home full of completed projects, and a basement full of works in progress. Francis is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Steven, Wally and David; and one granddaughter.

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James H. Ogg ’52 of Arvada, CO, passed away on June 16, 2008. He was born in Montclair, NJ in 1927. After high school, he joined the merchant marines and traveled around the world. Two years later, he returned to Montclair, attending Newark Academy for one year before leaving to attend Mines. At Mines, he was a member of Sigma Nu and the swim team. He graduated with a professional degree in geological engineering. After graduating, he was hired by Texas Gulf Sulfur in Houston and worked in mining operations in Acayucan, Mexico. He then helped develop a mine on the Colorado River near Moab, UT, and a soda ash mine in Green River, WY. In 1970, Jim was transferred to Denver. He later worked for the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company. He enjoyed the outdoors, and spent time in Alaska, the Northwest and the Colorado high country. He taught at Faith Christian High School for one year and was active in his church and politics. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth; daughters, Donna Graham and Jamie Wolff; sons, Glenn ’85 and Barry; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jeff A. Potts ’92 of Littleton, CO, passed away on January 1, 2009. Born and raised in Grand Junction, CO, he attended Grand Junction High School, graduating at the top of his class. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, John F. Peeso ’48, Jeff enrolled at Mines, where he pitched for the baseball team. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree engineering – civil specialty, Jeff worked for 16 years as an engineer, the last eight for the Town of Parker Public Works. Jeff’s enthusiasm for sports led him to coaching Littleton’s Heritage High School girls freshman/sophomore basketball team. In his eight seasons of coaching, he led his teams to multiple championships. He was an inspiring leader and mentor to many. When he wasn’t coaching, he enjoyed biking, playing golf, baseball, basketball and spending time outdoors with his wife and children. Dedicated to his family, Jeff lived to watch his children learn and grow. He is survived by his wife, Kim; daughter, Katie; son, Trevor; parents, Ron and Susan; and his brother, Tim.

Frank E. Weagant ’51 of Dana Point, CA, died on May 1, 2008. Born in Denver in 1925, Frank enlisted in the Army during World War II and served in the 82nd Airborne. Following the war, he attended the California Institute of Technology before coming to Mines, where he earned a professional degree in geological engineering. Frank began his career with Standard Oil, and later joined Franco Western Oil as key technical advisor. Frank and a partner eventually formed an oil and gas exploration firm, Nahama and Weagant Energy Company, which operated in Bakersfield, CA. Frank was a longtime member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. During the past twenty years, Frank and his wife, Barbara, devoted much of their time to environmental preservation and education. He was an expert birder, taught geology at Saddleback College, trained docents for many Orange County parks and nature preserves, and was a constant supporter and volunteer for the Laguna Conservancy and Caspers Wilderness Park. In addition to being a scientist, entrepreneur, teacher, life-long learner and passionate environmentalist, he was deeply devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; their daughter, Trinka Burdick; and his brother, Bob.

Jerry F. Whalen ’49 of Billings, MT, passed away September 28, 2006. Jerry was born in Topeka, KS, in 1925, growing up on his family’s farm on the Buffalo River near Anamosa, IA. In 1943, he enlisted with the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he came to Mines, where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity and earned a professional degree in mining engineering. On July 5, 1950, he married Ruth Wassen in Denver. The couple moved to Billings, MT, in 1964, where they raised their family. In addition to working for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company in Butte, Jerry worked for mining companies in West Virginia, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and Cuba. In 1960, he founded his own company, J.F. Whalen & Associates, specializing in mineral exploration, mining and heavy civil engineering construction. He took on a range of projects around the country, including mining, tunneling, dam silo construction, wastewater treatment plants, drainage, road, bridge and power plants. He enjoyed his work right up to the day he passed away. Jerry was an avid reader, who also loved the outdoors. He is survived by his daughters, Eileen Hatrick and Molly Whalen; sons, Bill, Cass and Tom; 12 grandchildren; two sisters, Winnie Micks and Kathryn Green; and his brother, Mike.

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Also In Memoriam
Daniel Dellinger ’31 ..................................................December 8, 1997
Mark Theodore Gilkison ’36 .....................................March 2, 2003
Randal A. Houidobre ’66 ..........................................November 22, 2006
Charles M. Mallette ’52 .............................................May 18, 2008
Herbert Reuben Nye ’31 ............................................April 1, 1988
Eugene A. O’Brien ’53 ..............................................May 29, 2008
Robert A. Pond (CSMAA Honorary Member) ...............February 18, 2008
James E. Schroeder ’80 ............................................November 12, 2006
Harold E. Sebastian Jr. ’66 ........................................February 26, 2007
Glenn A. Walton ’60 ..................................................August 28, 2008
Robert G. Wilson ’52 ................................................January 15, 2008
Christian F. Wyller ’58 ..............................................June 30, 2003