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Obituaries, Jan. - March 2001

Obituaries, Jan. - March 2001


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Dr. Glen F. Brown passed away on Feb. 22 at a hospital in Fairfax, Va. He resided in Reston, Va.

Brown was a 1935 graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines. He had a 44-year career with the United States Geological Survey, retiring in 1982 as senior staff geologist for Mideastern affairs. His adventurous career took him to the Philippines, South China, Thailand, Kuwait and especially Saudi Arabia. The Interior Department, the survey's parent agency, credited him with creating the first true geological, geographic, topographic and tectonic maps of Saudi Arabia. He published more than 100 papers on the Arabian Peninsula.

Dr. Brown is survived by his wife of 25 years, Helen Royall Brown; a daughter from an earlier marriage, Elizabeth Brown Kulwin of Cincinnati; a brother, Norman, of Bloomington, Ill.; and two grandsons. His first wife, Laura Cameron Brown, died in 1974.

René Dziurzynski, age 37, died on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, of complications of diabetes. René was born in Albuquerque on Nov. 30, 1962. She attended Rio Grande High School and then received a scholarship to New Mexico Tech, where she planned on becoming a biomedical engineer. She attended from August 1980 to May 1982. After she was diagnosed with diabetes, she left Tech with an Associate of General Studies degree and worked for a number of years for America West Airlines in Phoenix. After her health worsened, she returned to Albuquerque and worked for America West and Southwest Airlines.

Rene took some classes at Tech in the fall of 1986 and also enrolled in the College of Santa Fe and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1993.

René was an active participant and frequently a leader in many activities. She was president of her junior and senior classes at Rio Grande, and was active in music, band, drill team, gymnastics, ballet, jazz, teaching aerobics and jazz at the YWCA, and working for her church.

She is survived by her mother, Georgia; father, C.T.; sister, Karen Cox of San Lorenzo, Calif.; brothers, Eric of Albuquerque and Robert of San Lorenzo; and good friend, David Kozlowski.

The Office for Advancement received word of the passing of Byron P. Edmonds (39, BS, mining engineering). No further information was available.

Cyril J. Perusek, age 84, passed away on Jan. 4, 2001. He was born on July 27, 1916, in Lorain, Ohio, to Joseph and Antonia Perusek. He graduated from high school in Lorain and for three years worked in a laboratory at a steel mill, following which, he attended New Mexico School of Mines. He graduated in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in geological engineering. He received a master's degree in geology from Texas Tech University. He also attended Georgetown University and Boston University. During World War II, he served in the United States Army and O.S.S. Cyril became versed in numerous languages during this time. He married Barbara Gilbert in 1949. Barbara passed away on Sept. 20, 2000, after 51 years of marriage.

Cyril worked for Phillips Petroleum from 1952 to 1980 and then for Geomap during the 1980s. Most recently, he worked as a geological consultant. Cyril was well-read in a variety of scientific subjects. He lectured on Earth science, as well as other topics for numerous organizations, including the University of Texas Permian Basin Midland College, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Through the years, he received many awards for his contributions of time and talent to the science of geology, including the public service awards from the Southwest Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and also from the West Texas Geological Society. He was particularly proud of his Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, awarded in 1978.

Cyril was a member of many organizations, including the A.A.P.G, the Texas Archaeological Society, and the West Texas Gem and Mineral Society. For many years, he would spend time each summer with the Boy Scouts at the Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch, having written the information necessary for obtaining the geology merit badge. He and Barbara sponsored numerous scholarships at Texas Tech University and New Mexico Tech. Cy was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church of Midland and served as an usher there for many years.

Cyril and Barbara are survived by three daughters, Dr. Carol Perusek Dowd of Southlake Dr., Marie Perusek Mesa of San Antonio, Tex., and Susan Dally of Houston; brother Stanley Perusek of Avon, Ohio; sisters Clara Chrysler of Lorain, Ohio, Josephine Perusek (Sr. Mary Edana, S.N.D.) and Mildred Perusek (Sr. Mary De Xavier, S. N. D.), both of Chardon, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Nancy Wanner Woodcock, age 48, passed away on Jan. 12, 2001, in Albuquerque, from complications resulting from the flu. She was a 1975 graduate with a BGS, and had worked in the mining and health physics fields for UNM, Morrison-Knudson, and others.

Nancy is survived by her mother, Jean Wanner of Albuquerque and brother, David E. Wanner and wife, Cheryl A. of Cincinnati.

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