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People You Know, October 2008 to Jan. 2009

Dr. Jim Corey, longtime professor of English at New Mexico Tech, and his wife Lonna, celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 27, 2008. As a gift from their children, spouses, and 10 grandchildren, they took a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in February 2009. Their children are: Ray Corey (85, BS, environmental engr.) of Kennewick, Wash.; Jeff Corey (84, BS, petroleum engr.) of Durango, Colo.; Craig Corey (92, BS, environmental engr.) of Albuquerque; Glen Corey of Albuquerque; and Janine Corey of Kalispell, Mont.

1950s

Jim Doty (50, BS, geophysics) recently wrote to us, reminiscing about being a School of Mines student in the years after World War II.

"In those days, everybody took the same courses for the first two years except that mining engineers didn't take quantitative analysis. One day in my sophomore year, I was sitting out in front of Fitch Hall (the dining room was in the basement), and a guy came up and said, 'They're going to offer a course in geophysics.' With my classy act, I said, 'What the hell is geophysics?' He said, 'I don't know, but I hear you have to be smarter than hell and they make big money.' I said, 'I'm going to be a geophysicist.' As I recall, when I graduated in 1950, there were about 150-300 students in the School of Mines, and our graduating class was about 50-100. With that class, New Mexico School of Mines was really back in business, and obviously has never even thought about going out of business."

"In my senior year, on Friday, January 13, 1950, I married the love of my life and we never parted. I graduated in May, and we had about 30-40 bucks. I got a job with Shell in August and we embarked on as wonderful a life as anybody could have. Leta and I lived on four continents, I worked on six (over 40 countries). Along the way I picked up an MBA and became a CPA and a registered Professional Geophysicist. I worked as a geophysicist, a management consultant and a computer programmer for a missile motor company. Right now, I am almost 83 and I am working on being a professional golfer. I doubt I'll make it, but, what the hell, I might."

William B. Sayer (54, BS, mineral engr.) writes, "I retired in 1989 from the United States Department of Energy, Albuquerque Operations Office, as director of the Engineering Division. My duties involved the management of the facilities and construction program for nine nationwide sites comprising the DOE nuclear weapons complex. After that retirement, I became an engineering management consultant to several major corporations. In 2005, I retired from consulting and moved to Del Mar, Calif., with my wife."

1960s

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1980s


Fred Beck (83, BS, metalurgical engr.) writes, "I work on a United States Navy submarine launched Nuclear Weapons program that is 40 years old, that has plans out till 2046 and beyond! So the job is stable, considering the current recession. I get to travel different places throughout the country, and occasionally to the UK (3 times so far in 22 years). My program actually does some testing from time to time out at TERA (now EMRTC) at Tech, (blowing stuff up of course!) and White Sands as well as the Nevada Test site. I work with a great group of engineers that would be right at home at Tech so... All is very well!"

1990s

Delilah Vega-Walsh (97, BS, psychology) is the new Socorro County manager. Walsh has 12 years experience in banking, most of that time at First State Bank. She served as county assessor for two years in the 1990s. She was also a student member of the New Mexico Tech Board of Regents.
2000s

Enrique Herrera
(02, BS, electrical engr.) lives in Rio Rancho and works for Stirling Energy Systems as a controls software engineer. He is working on the control systems firmware for the SunCatcher, a solar power system designed to track the sun, focus solar heat, and convert it to grid-quality electricity. Enrique welcomes everyone to follow him on his twitter account, https://twitter.com/EnriqueH73.

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