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Obituaries, July 1998 - Feb. 1999

Obituaries, July 1998 - Feb. 1999


[Note: in cases where donations may be made to New Mexico Tech, the address is: Advancement Office, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801.]

Robert A. Bieberman "Bieb," 75, passed away on Dec. 23, 1998. For 38 years, he was a petroleum geologist for the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources. He was born on April 3, 1923, to Arthur R. and Louise B. Bieberman in Rock Island, Illinois. He served in the army during World II. He was a graduate of Indiana University with bachelor's and master's degrees in petroleum geology. Bieb was a long-term member of both the New Mexico Geological Society (since 1950) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (since 1951). Upon his retirement in 1988, the regents granted him the title of senior petroleum geologist emeritus. He is preceded in death by his wife Doris F. Bieberman. He is survived by a sister, Janet L. Bieberman; children; James F. Bieberman and wife Mary Lynn; Betty B. Moore and husband Thomas, and three grandchildren, Clyfford H. Biberman, Lisa M. Moore, and Corin L. Moore. Bob Eveleth of the Bureau added, "His passing was very sudden and unexpected and he leaves behind a lot of friends; he will be sorely missed."

Jacob Walter Fulmer, 81, passed away on Dec. 8, 1998. He was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, on Sept. 30, 1917. He received a degree in mining engineering from the New Mexico School of Mines in 1940 and did graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After three years in the Navy during World War II, he spent the entire rest of his career in the mining industry, working in the western states, Canada, Mexico, and the Near East. He had been a professional engineer since 1948 and had lived in Las Cruces, NM, since 1976. He is survived by his wife Marion; daughter Patricia A. Kinkel of Rochelle, Ill.; son, Richard W. Fulmer of Houston, Tex.; and five grandchildren. He also leaves a brother, William W. Fulmer of Sierra Madre.

His son Richard W. Fulmer offered this tribute: "It has been said that we may best judge a man's life by the impact he has had on other lives. Not merely, then, by the knowledge he amassed during his lifetime, but rather by the use he made of that knowledge. Not by the strength of his hands, but whether his hands were used to hurt or to heal."

"Jacob Walter Fulmer was a student throughout his life. He gained that knowledge, not for its own sake, but to wrest metals from the earth -- uranium to generate power for heat and light, copper to transmit that power, and molybdenum to strengthen the steel that binds and girds our nation. His efforts enriched the lives of countless people who never knew him or knew of him."

"He used the strength of his hands to defend our country in time of war. He used their tenderness to take a wife and hold her for forty-five years. He used his hands to raise and, when necessary, discipling two children. And his reached out those hands to friends and neighbors in times of need."

"His hands were the hands of a man."

Fred Goren, 81, passed away on Nov. 28, 1998 in Edmonds, Wash. Fred was born on Sept. 8, 1917, in Boston, Mass., and was educated in New York state. In 1942, he earned his bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the New Mexico School of Mines. He then worked for various major mining companies around the country and started his own heavy construction company in Bellingham, Wash. He helped design and build the Minuteman missile sites for the Boeing Co. He later became plant manager for John Fluke Manufacturing Co., started a commercial and residential construction firms in Edmonds and a gold and silver mining operation in Darrington. Fred served his country in World War II, rising to the rank of captain in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. He became known as a beloved, avid spectator of his granddaughters' various sporting and musical events. Fred is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathryn; daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Eric Miller of Edmonds, and three granddaughters, Julia, Angela, and Deborah; and was preceded in death by his daughter, Ann. He was a 34-year member of the Presbyterian Church in Edmonds, Wash. Memorials may be sent to the church at 22600 96th Ave. West, Edmonds, WA 98020.

A brief obituary of Bertrand Gramont appeared in the last issue of Gold Pan. Bertrand's friend Eliot Boyle offered this reminiscence about him.

Dr. William Hume II, 88, professor emeritus of physics, died on Monday, Dec. 28, 1998, of an apparent stroke after a brief illness.

Hume was born in 1910 in Oxford, Miss., where his father was chancellor of the University of Mississippi. When he was a boy, his scoutmaster was Oxford's most famous resident, William Faulkner. Hume came to New Mexico in 1935 to join the faculty at the University of New Mexico. He moved to Socorro in 1949 when president E. J. Workman was busy converting the New Mexico School of Mines into a modern research university.

Hume was a physics professor, teaching courses such as strength of materials and optics. Along with Workman and other Tech faculty, Hume was involved in early weather modification research. At various times, he also served as assistant to the president, deputy director of the Research and Development Division, and director of the College Division. He retired in 1975.

Hume's son Bill recalled his father as a soft-spoken man with a wry sense of humor. He was an avid golfer and bridge player and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Socorro.

Hume's wife, Anafred Stephenson, died in 1969. Survivors include son Bill Hume (an editor of the Albuquerque Journal); Robert B. Hume of Albuquerque; daughters Ann Hume Taulbee of Santa Fe, Jane Hume Anderson of Houston, and Mary Hume Melia of Albuquerque; and a sister, Mary Hume Kelton of Davidson, N.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Mexico Tech, or a charity of choice.

Dr. Maurice M. Karnowsky
80, a resident of Albuquerque since 1952, died on December 10, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. Karnowsky; daughter, Kathryn G. Karnowsky and husband Thomas R. Lyons of Albuquerque; grandsons, Daniel K. Lyons and Nathan K. Lyons, both of Albuquerque; sister, Sari Swee and husband Mike of Glencoe, Ill., brothers-in-law, Al Swee of Miami Beach, Fla., and Philip Meizner of Kokomo, Ind., sister-in-law, Eleanor Sharp of Oklahoma City, Okla., and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Karnowsky earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and received his master's degree and Ph.D., both in metallurgical engineering, from New Mexico Tech in 1970 and 1978, respectively. He was retired after 43 years with Sandia National Labs. He was a member of the American Society of Metallurgy and a member of Masonic Lodge #68. Mr Karnowsky taught at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute, and Sandia National Labs. He was a talented pianist playing for several Albuquerque dance bands, including his own, The Four Friends. Mr. Karnowsky was a member of the American Federation of Musicians. He was an avid rose gardener and flower lover. Memorial contributions may be made to New Mexico Tech or to Purdue University Foundation 1800 Purdue Memorial Union, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1800; or to the charity of your choice.

Dr. Ronald Piunti
(95, Ph.D., chemistry) age 58, passed away in March 1998 after a brief illness. No further details were available.

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