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


John R. Douglass died on May 27, 2009. Born in Anhwei, China, he grew up in the New York area. He received an associate bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., in 1945 and a doctoral degree in organic chemistry from UC - Boulder in 1952. John was a professor of chemistry at Mines and later at CSU in Fort Collins. After working as a seasonal naturalist at Rocky Mountain National Park, he took courses required for permanent employment with the U.S. National Park Service, and went on to work at numerous national parks around the country before retiring in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Ramona; sister, Margaret Darrow; one niece; four nephews; three grandnieces; and three grandnephews.

Justice William "Bill" H. Erickson ‘47 of Englewood, Colo., died on January 13, 2010. Born in Denver in 1924, he graduated from Mines with a professional degree in petroleum engineering and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Bill spent only a few years working as a petroleum engineer before attending law school at the University of Virginia. He practiced law until 1971 and then began a 25-year career on the Colorado State Supreme Court. He declined an offer from President Richard Nixon in 1973 to serve as the special supervising Watergate prosecutor. From 1983 to 1985 he served as chief justice of the Colorado State Supreme Court. He was best known for chairing the Columbine Review Commission and a panel that investigated a controversial Denver police shooting. Other former justices and politicians held Justice Erickson in high regard, one saying, "He was the hardest-working judge I have ever known." Justice Erickson made significant contributions to Mines: he served on the President's Council, and established a distinguished lecturer series and a graduate research fund in chemistry and geochemistry. Both of these are named in his honor. He was also a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Medal and received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in 2002. Erickson is survived by his sons, Taylor ‘85, ‘89 and Stephen; daughters, Ginny Davie and Barbara Grauel; and nine grandchildren.

Lee G. Findley ‘64 of Corvallis, Ore., died on July 30, 2009. Lee was born in 1942 in Maquoketa, Iowa, and grew up in Cedar Rapids. When he was 14, his family moved to Tucson, Ariz., where he lived until attending Mines. He earned his professional degree as a mineral engineer with a specialty in physics. During his college years, he was a member of the ROTC program, and after graduation, he served two years in the military, including a tour of duty with the Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam. While at Mines, he met Judy Valentine, a student nurse, through participation with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. They were married in 1963 and later moved to Corvallis, where he attended Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in material science. Lee worked as a manager at Teledyne Wah-Chang in Albany, Ore., for 27 years and retired in 1997. He loved the outdoors, particularly camping, hunting and fishing with his family. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Carlton and Sean; mother, Helen; sister, Ann Tannert; brother, Jon; and three grandchildren.

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John "Jack" D. Gillespie ‘65 of Pueblo, Colo., died on January 29, 2010. He was born in 1930 in Penrose, Colo., and was revered by many as a quintessential cowboy. Before graduating from high school, Jack began working with Nichols Cattle Company, where he learned to break broncos, build fences, brand calves, shoe horses, and do many other ranch tasks. After high school, Jack attended business school and began working for Colorado Fuel and Iron as a production planner for a wire mill. He was then drafted and served with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division in Korea. In 1961, he enrolled at Pueblo Junior College and then transferred to Mines, where he graduated with a professional degree in geological engineering. John was passionate about water issues and resource conservation. He worked on water resource development in Utah and water well siting in Somalia, as well as various mineral exploration and coal acquisition projects. He was a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the American Institute of Mining Engineering. His hobbies included collecting Charles M. Russell prints and dancing. Jack was a 55-year member and past master of Fremont Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Miriam; son, Cy; daughter, Caltara Zoellner-Gillespie; and two granddaughters.

Donald "Don" C. Herron ‘50 of Golden, Colo., died on December 27, 2009. Born in 1927, Don grew up in Golden and attended Golden High School, where he was president of his senior class. In between school and sports practice, Don worked at Coors Brewing Company. After graduation he served with the Merchant Marine in Italy for one year, where he developed a love of travel and appreciation of history, culture and architecture. He and his wife, Dorothy, were married the year he returned to the U.S. and enrolled at Mines. He joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Mines, and was a member of track and field and the wrestling team. After receiving his professional degree in petroleum engineering, he began working for Argo Oil Company, spending seven years in Texas before returning to Golden to work for Hamilton Brothers Oil Company. He traveled extensively throughout his career, visiting Brazil, Africa and Europe. He lived in Scotland when Hamilton Brothers was drilling in the North Sea, and he spent time in Alaska and the North Slope. After Colorado School of Mines 43 retiring, Don and Dorothy continued to travel, visiting China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and enjoying cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean. He is survived by his wife of 63 years; daughters, Susan Chesney and Betty Gleaton; his brother, Ken; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

F. Edgar "Ed" Hogg '37 of Ottawa, Canada, died on January 27, 2010. Born in 1914, Ed graduated from Mines with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering and was a member of Tau Beta Pi honor society. He spent most of his career living and working in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, and retired from Cabot Corporation. He enjoyed gardening and music, but his main focus was always his family. Ed was proud to have attended Mines and enjoyed telling stories of his college days when he sang in an octet, learned to ski, and collected rocks and minerals from the area - a collection that he kept for the rest of his life. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret; daughters, Catherine Gunter and Elizabeth Munroe; son, Bill; 18 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Vern. His daughter, Barbara McPhee, preceded him in death.

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Joseph "Joe" S. Keating ‘42 of Baytown, Texas, died on January 23, 2010. Joe was born in Ord, Neb., in 1919 and grew up in Loveland, Colo. Joe graduated from Mines with a professional degree in petroleum engineering and began his career of 26 years with Humble Oil, which later became ExxonMobil. Joe had a passion for cars and the car business, and he and his brother, Paul, co-owned Chevrolet dealerships in Groveton and Winnie, Texas. He left Exxon in 1966 and started his own dealership, Keating Ford, in Crosby, Texas. In 1986, Joe sold Keating Ford and ran another business, Kealease Inc., providing rental trucks and vans for the Port of Houston, ExxonMobil, and local refineries. Joe served on the board of directors of Crosby State Bank for many years and on the state advertising board for Ford Motor Company. Joe was a member of the Mines Century Society and the Heritage Society, as well as the President’s Council. He had a genuine zest for life, which for him revolved around his family and friends. He loved to read and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Mary. Joe is survived by his wife of 68 years; daughters, Diane Woodcox, Kathleen Keating and Margaret Boyd; brothers, John and Paul; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His sons, Tom and Calvin, and his sister, Margaret Keating Hartman, preceded him in death.

Kennon "Ken" M. Lebsack '80 of Tucson, Ariz., died on September 20, 2009. Kennon was born in 1957 in Berthoud, Colo., and graduated from Mines with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. While a student, he began working for AMAX mining company and continued working with the company at the Henderson Mill until transferring to Silver City, N.M. In 2002 he transferred to the Freeport-McMoRan Sierrita mine in Tucson, Ariz., where he was the crusher department superintendent. Ken was a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He is survived by his children, Noel, Sam and Lauren Lebsack; former wife, Sue; friend, Kay Steward; parents, Robert and Priscilla; brother, Paul; and sister, Robbie.

George N. Meade ‘41 of Lakewood, Colo., died on February 16, 2010. George was born in 1915 and graduated from Mines with a professional degree in geological engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi honor society. After graduation he was immediately employed by Mobil. Shortly after beginning his career, he served two years on an aircraft carrier with the U.S. Navy. George returned to Mobil for a short period after being discharged. He then transferred to Amoco Petroleum, now British Petroleum, where he worked for 32 years. Most notable during his career, George is credited with discovering the Ryckman Creek Well near Wyoming. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; son, Mike; daughter, Kathy; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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Bert C. Morrison '47 of Holladay, Utah, died on January 30, 2009. Born in 1921 in Ottumwa, Iowa, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before attending Mines. Bert graduated with a professional degree in geological engineering and was a member of Theta Tau. He married Louise Breitenstein in 1944. Bert's career included 28 years with ASARCO and five years with Bendix Field Engineering. Bert and Louise taught flying for a number of years, and both achieved CFII ratings. They were also active in the Civil Air Patrol, where Bert was a mission coordinator, check pilot and standardization officer. He and Louise were awarded the Deseret Citizen Alert Award for their years of service. Louise preceded him in death after 54 years of marriage. Bert remained active, however, and spent most weekdays playing bridge, taking art lessons, and participating in current events discussions at the Olympus Senior Center. He was an avid reader and possessed a broad knowledge of the liberal arts. He reserved Friday or Saturday nights for dinner and a movie with his dear friend, Beverly. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara James; son, Ray Morrison; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a half-brother, Joseph.

Maxwell "Max" R. Mott '44 of Golden, Colo., died on February 27, 2010. Max was born in 1920 in Wyoming and grew up in California. After graduating from Mines with a professional degree in geological engineering, he worked for various oil companies in the western United States. In 1956, he became a geological consultant and was involved in oil exploration. He was a senior field engineer on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project for Bechtel, and later became supervisor of the quality control documentation department. He retired to live in Golden, where he was an avid sailor and water aerobics participant. Max is survived by his daughters, Michael and Stacy; three granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

Norman "Norm" H. Nordby '49 of San Diego, Calif., died on December 23, 2009. Norm was born in 1927 in Ordway, Colo., and graduated from high school at a young age. He began attending Mines on academic scholarship when he was 16 years old and graduated with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. While at Mines, Norm was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and credited the fraternity with helping him adjust to college life at such a young age. Three days before his graduation in 1949, he married Jan Pickering. Norm spent his 35-year career with Colorado Fuel and Iron Steel Corporation. In 1984, the couple retired to California, where they enjoyed spending time outdoors, traveling, and not having to shovel snow. Norm was a dedicated baseball fan, loved chocolate and enjoyed playing golf. Norm donated his brain to the University of California Medical Research Department to help find a cure for Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his wife, Jan; daughters, Anita Garrison, Natalie Bates and Andrea Perry; sons, Christopher and Neil; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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George B. Paulding II ‘39 of Hernando, Fla., died on February 26, 2007. George was born in 1916 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Mines with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later worked for ASARCO Mining for 34 years. He retired from a position as plant superintendent in Perth Amboy, N.J. George was a member of Elks Lodge 2522 and the Citrus Hill Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his son, George B. III; two grandchildren; and brother, James. His wife of 58 years, Lillian, preceded him in death.

Richard A. Pawlenty '53 of Coronado, Calif., died on July 23, 2009. Richard was born in 1924 in Little Falls, Minn. He graduated from Mines with a professional degree in petroleum engineering and worked for Dowell and then British American in Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. He was a design engineer in St. Cloud, Minn., and, after earning his master’s degree from St. Cloud University, he taught for 16 years at St. Cloud Technical College. Richard was very involved in his community: he was a member and president of the Friends of the Library, was active in Toastmasters for many years, volunteered as a reading and math teacher for an adult education program, and operated a matting and framing business. Richard also enjoyed photography, watercolor painting, woodworking, boat building and sailing. He and his wife moved to Coronado in 2007. Richard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Naomi; sons, Richard, Stephen and Michael; daughters, Susan Steinhofer and Shelley DeDauw; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Herbert "Herb" S. Price '65 of Camas, Wash., died on April 24, 2008. Herb was born in Lawrence, Kan., in 1943, and went to school in Denver. Herb attended Mines on an athletic scholarship and was a member of the football team. He graduated with a professional degree in mining engineering and began his career with Tg Soda Ash, Inc. He held various management positions with Tg and retired in 1999 to dedicate his time to community service and philanthropy. Herb volunteered with many organizations, including Kiwanis and the United Way. Most recently, he served on the board of directors of Castle Rock Hospital and spent six years as a commissioner on a planning and zoning commission. Herb was also an adjunct professor at Western Wyoming Community College, where he taught organizational behavior, business math, and microeconomics. Herb collected vintage cars and engines. He also enjoyed running and realized his lifelong dream of running a marathon by completing the St. George, Utah, marathon in 2006 and 2007. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Kupka; son, Derek; two granddaughters; sister, Criss Perkins; and fiancee, MaryAnn Huebner.

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Frank Rieber III ‘67 of Houston, Texas, died on October 11, 2009. Frank was born in Los Angeles, Calif. in 1944. At Mines, Frank was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the swim team. He graduated with a professional degree in petroleum engineering. His career began with Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. in Liberal, Kan., but he soon transferred to Tenneco Oil Co. where he spent two decades of his career. Frank next worked for Sandefer Oil and Gas and Tatham Offshore/DeepTech before moving to Santa Barbara, Calif., where he was affiliated with Benton Oil and Gas. He and his wife, Gwen, moved to Russia in September 2000 to work with Yukos and then TNK/BP. His Russian oil career ended with Biatex. In 2006, he retired to Houston, where he worked as a consultant. Frank was a pilot and loved to fly. He also enjoyed water sports, sailing, racecars and motorcycles. He and Gwen traveled extensively together. He is survived by his wife; sons, Christopher, Daniel, Mark Bertrand, Jr. and Shane Bertrand; and siblings, Roy and Cathy Rieber.

George "Rip" H. Ripley '36 of Lancaster, Pa., died on December 28, 2009. Rip was born in 1913 in Knoxville, Tenn., and graduated from South Denver High School, where he was captain of the basketball team. He continued playing basketball at Mines, where he was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Theta Tau, and Scabbard and Blade. Following in his father’s footsteps, he received a professional degree in metallurgical engineering from Mines before starting his lifelong career with Hercules Power Company. Starting as a trainee in the nitric acid area in California, Rip rose through the ranks to ultimately become, in 1960, chief engineer for the company, responsible for the design and construction of plants worldwide. He took an active role in a number of organizations, including Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Hercules Country Club, Concord Country Club and Wilmington Country Club. George and his wife, Frances, retired to Carefree, Ariz., in 1977. He remained active in his new community until 2002, when the couple moved to Lancaster to be closer to family. George enjoyed playing golf, watching sports of all kinds, traveling and animals, especially dogs. He is survived by his wife, Frances, and two nieces, Evelyn Sue and Virginia Lee Mason. His brother, Harlow, preceded him in death.

Charles "Bill" W. Rohler '49 of Broken Arrow, Okla., died on December 26, 2009. Bill was born in 1922 in Ellis, Kan., and attended Kansas University. After his third year of college, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Bill was commissioned as a second lieutenant and stationed in Cerignola, Italy, where he served as a radar navigator on B-24 aircraft. He flew 29 missions with the 15th Air Force 455th Bomb Group and received an Air Medal and two oak leaf clusters. After returning from service he attended Mines and graduated with a professional degree in petroleum refining engineering. He was also a member of Tau Beta Pi honor society. In 1949, he married Inez Lucille Hahn. Shortly after his marriage, Bill began a 34-year career with Cities Service Oil Company. He worked in management and retired in 1981, when he moved to Broken Arrow. Bill enjoyed golfing, playing bridge and traveling. He stayed active as a member of Kiwanis, and he served nine years on the Board of Education for Ponca City, Okla., schools. He also served on the Salvation Army advisory board and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Broken Arrow. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years; daughters, Jan Watkins and Ann Rymer; sons, Richard and Robert; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Nathalie Greiner.

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John "Bob" R. Ross '52 of Englewood, Colo., died on July 13, 2009. Bob was born in 1924 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and spent his childhood in army bases from Panama to Puerto Rico. After serving in the Army during World War II, he began college in Louisiana. He later transferred to Mines and graduated with a professional degree in petroleum engineering. After graduating, he joined Chevron and worked in Louisiana and Wyoming. In 1957, he returned to the Denver area and worked at Martin Marietta until his retirement. He was proud of his association with Mines and the space program. Bob is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis.

Paul R. Swanson ‘51 of State College, Pa., died on June 13, 2009. Paul was born in 1922 in Greenfield, Mass. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and the Korean War, and he received Good Conduct and Victory medals and two American Theater Campaign ribbons. He was discharged as a second lieutenant. At Mines, Paul was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was on the cross country ski team and the track team. He graduated with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. He began his career with Gorham Manufacturing Company in Rhode Island and later moved to C.I. Hayes Furnaces in Massachusetts. After moving to State College, he worked as a clerk at the post office. He retired in 1979 after 20 years of service. Paul was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and sang in the Nittany Knights Chorus in State College. He was also a member of the American Society for Metals and Materials. Paul is survived by his wife, Harriet; daughter, Karen Ugliuzza; sons, Timothy, Paul and Kenneth; five grandchildren; brother, Conrad; and sister, Beatrice Pedersen.

Vernon "Fred" Frederick Swanson '56 of Lakewood, Colo., died on January 24, 2010. Born in 1934 in Denver, Fred was raised in north Denver and Concord, Calif. During his childhood he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and fell in love with geology and the mining industry. He returned to Colorado to attend Mines, where he graduated with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. He married S. Patricia "Pat" Carroll on August 20, 1954 in Hartville, Wyo. Over the course of his career, Fred worked for Humphrey Gold Corp., the U.S. Bureau of Mines, W.R. Grace, and more. Most recently his work included the Cresson Project (Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Co.) for Bateman Engineering. He authored seven papers and held three patents. His career took the family around the world, including most of the Western U.S., Canada, Uzbekistan, Peru, Russia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Japan and Australia. He was a member of the Extractive Metallurgy Chapter of Denver, the CSM Alumni Association, and the Colorado Gem and Mineral Club. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Blackwell and Paula Swanson; son, James Swanson; sister, Marilyn Battaglia; and five grandchildren.

William "Bill" H. Throop '50 of Houston, Texas, died on December 16, 2009. Bill was born in 1926 in Houston and graduated from high school in Abilene. He immediately joined the U.S. Navy to serve during World War II and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. After the war, he attended Mines and graduated with a professional degree in geophysical engineering. He was hired by Schlumberger following his graduation and worked there for 30 years. During this time he was ascribed as the inventor of the circular slide rule. In 1982, he opened his own consulting firm, Throop Log Analysis, in Kingwood, Texas. He frequently appeared as an expert witness and testified at the Railroad Commission of Texas. Bill was a sports enthusiast, golfer, ham radio hobbyist, and math and computer guru. He married Elizabeth "Libba" Hammond in 1951. They were married for 44 years before her death in 1995. He was also preceded in death by his son, James. Bill is survived by sons, William and Charles; daughter, Betsy Black; and four grandchildren.

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Thomas A. Warburton '47 of Salinas, Calif., died on January 21, 2007. Thomas was born in Trinidad, Colo., in 1923. He attended Mines until he was drafted in 1943. Thomas served with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Philippines until 1946, when he was discharged as a first lieutenant. Thomas married Patricia Collister in Manhattan, Kan., in 1946 and returned to Mines to graduate with a professional degree in metallurgical engineering. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1956, he and his family moved to California, where he worked as an engineer with Aerojet General. By 1961, he was the proud father of nine boys and one girl. In 1969, he and his family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he worked for Idaho Nuclear. When he retired in 1985, Thomas and Patricia moved to Roseville, Calif. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1996 in Boise, Idaho. Thomas enjoyed golf, bridge, traveling and classical music. He was treasurer of the Idaho Falls Symphony and president of the Diamond K Recreation Club. He also served as a lector of his Catholic church. Thomas is survived by his wife of 60 years; sons, Tom, John, Jim, Robert, Bill, Edward, Steve, Donald and Mark; daughter, Susan; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Also In Memoriam
Earl C. Beatty ‘41.......................................................February 18, 2005
George S. Dabai ‘71, ‘74, ‘77......................................May 16, 2008
James N. Eaton ‘62...................................................January 12, 1998
Patrick L. Francks ‘71................................................March 1, 2003
Robert W. Gallagher ‘52...................................... …...August 8, 1997
George E. Good ‘44...................................................April 26, 2003
Jerry K. Hutton ‘71.....................................................February 2, 1998
Harold W. Kinney ‘41.................................................November 26, 1998
Domingo T. Lim ‘41...................................................December 31, 2003
Harold L. McKune ‘50................................................August 17, 2009
E. M. Peloubet ‘41.....................................................July 4, 2004
Richard D. Potter ‘41..................................................April 6, 1998
John A. Siltanen ‘54...................................................November 9, 1997
Edward J. Slebir ‘53, ‘57............................................May 9, 2005
William J. Traeder ‘53................................................December 10, 2008
Arthur W. Woods ‘55..................................................June 4, 1993