Longtime NMT Supporter Bill Macey Passes Away


Longtime NMT Supporter Bill Macey Passes Away


SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech is mourning the death of one of its most important and cherished supporters. Bill Macey, longtime benefactor of New Mexico Tech and an alumnus, passed away July 12, 2017.


Macey, 96, was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on August 1, 1920, to Charles and Doris (Bourne) Macey. Always gregarious, humorous, and giving – Bill completed his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in 1942 from New Mexico School of Mines (now New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology).


Mr. Bill Macey



University President, Dr. Stephen G. Wells, said New Mexico Tech has lost one of its most notable alumni.


“We at New Mexico Tech are proud of Bill’s many professional accomplishments, and grateful for his long-standing belief in the value of the quality of education provided by New Mexico Tech,” Wells said. “Further, we are in awe of his generous spirit, which has helped shaped this campus. On behalf of the entire campus community, I want to extend our thoughts and heart-felt condolences to his wife and daughter.”


After his four years as flight engineer with the 351st Bomb Group of the U.S. Air Force, he began his successful career with small and medium sized oil and gas companies in New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming rising to the level of president in all of the companies.


In 1970, he started his own successful oil and gas exploration company, Macey Mershon Corp. in Denver. He received an honorary doctorate in 1984 from New Mexico Tech.  


Perpetually kind-hearted, he was particularly philanthropic New Mexico Tech. He contributed the majority of the funding for the Macey Performing Arts Center as well as the Macey Family Children Center.


“The Macey Conference Center has allowed not only a thriving Performing Arts Series to bring diverse and cultured programs to the students of New Mexico Tech and the citizens of Socorro, but also created space for a growing Music Department,” Dr. Wells said.


Mr. Macey established the Macey Scholars Program and the Macey Scholarship, awarded to New Mexico Tech’s highest-achieving undergrads. Macey didn’t limit his interest in higher education solely to New Mexico Tech. He also established scholarships at the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Business, a UNM Alumni Scholarship, and a University of Arizona Engineering Scholarship. He also gave generously to the University of Arizona Heart Center, NMT Golf Course, Stephens College, and Hillsdale College.


“Bill Macey cared deeply about his alma mater, New Mexico Tech, which he demonstrated through his generous donations,” Dr. Wells said. “Being a philanthropically-minded person, Bill Macey had such a profound impact on our campus.”


He is survived by his wife Cheryl Pulaski Macey; step-son Collin (Emily) Schwartz; grandson Thomas Schwartz; daughter Barbara (Joseph) Todd; granddaughter Sarah (Tyler) Brewer; sister-in-law Ellen Pulaski; nieces Pam (James) Baker and Nancy (William) Hohensee; nephew Richard Poppenberg; numerous grand-nephews and grand-nieces; several great grand-nephews and great grand-nieces; and his canine companions—Molly and Bailey.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean Mullins Macey; sister Doris Poppenberg; and nephew Macey Poppenberg.


In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Performing Art Series, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801; Children Center Endowment, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801; The Macey Scholars Program, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801; or the charity of your choice.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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