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Obituaries, Oct. 2003 to Jan. 2003

Obituaries, Oct. 2003 to Jan. 2003


[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.]

Martin Friberg, emeritus professor of mathematics at New Mexico Tech, passed away on Dec. 23, 2003, at the age of 93. Friberg taught math at Tech from 1951 until 1975.

Martin Friberg was born in 1910 in Winona, Minn., and grew up in Wisconsin. He received his degrees from Wisconsin State College (bachelor's), the University of Wisconsin (master's), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.) Following an early first marriage and the birth of his eldest son, Clint, Friberg met his second wife, Mary Dorothy Schooley, at a military base where he taught for several years. The couple married in 1949 and in 1951 moved to Socorro, where Martin took a teaching job offered by Pres. E. J. Workman.
Flash Friberg

Students gave him the nickname of "Flash" when, at the age of 60, he bought two motorcycles, a jumpsuit, and a helmet. After his retirement, he made some trips by motorcycle, accompanied by his son Stephen.

After Dorothy passed away in 1990, Friberg moved to Las Cruces to live with Greg, his youngest son. The two of them moved back to Socorro in Spring of 2003.

A longer obituary by Valerie Kimble is online at http://dchieftain.com/cuentos/37010-01-14-04.html

Dr. John Heller, senior scientist emeritus at the Petroleum Recovery Research Center, passed away on Dec. 1, 2003. He was 80.

Heller earned his B.S. in physics and mathematics at Queens College, New York, in 1940. He received his Ph.D. in experimental physics from Iowa State University in 1953. From 1953 to 1979, he worked for Mobil Research and Development Corporation in several research and technical groups. His research activities included the design, supervision of construction, and use of laboratory apparatus to measure pore size distribution, diffusion, and dispersion during flow in rock samples, and for observation of displacement fronts. He was also interested in mathematical and computer analysis of flow processes. He supervised the group which developed "Cyberlogic," a laboratory microcomputer-based automation system. He also conducted drilling and production operations research involving safety and economy of field activity.

Heller came to New Mexico Tech's PRRC in 1979. He was senior scientist and head of a group studying mobility control in CO2 flooding and reservoir heterogeneities. He was also an adjunct professor in the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

Much of his research included investigations of frontal instabilities during CO2 displacements in both field and laboratory. It also includes the development of additives to retard these instabilities by decreasing the mobility of dense CO2, and the creation of reservoir procedures for the use of such additives.

Dr. Heller retired in December 1995 after sixteen years at the PRRC.

Dr. Joe Taber, director emeritus of PRRC, recalled, "When the PRRC was founded, we were looking for the best possible staff members, and I remember how happy we were to recruit John Heller. He was a top scientist and a special individual, with an excellent background in the physics of oil recovery, which was just what we wanted. He was a good mathematician with a knack for understanding complicated relationships and explaining them clearly to others. Whenever we had a tough technical question, John was the one we went to. He had a wonderful sense of humor, too, that we will all miss."

Ruth Miriam Keizer
, widow of Dr. Clifford Keizer, former professor of chemistry at New Mexico Tech, passed away on Oct. 28, 2003, just one week short of her 86th birthday. She was born in South Dakota but, as the daughter of a Methodist minister, moved frequently during her youth. While she was teaching high school in Byron Center, Michigan, one of her students introduced her to his older brother, Cliff. Clifford and Ruth Keizer were married in 1943. His teaching jobs took them to many places, including Bandung, Indonesia, where she taught English to neighbors and Cliff's chemistry majors. She also formed a cooperative international school where she served as principal, as well as an upper elementary teacher. The Keizers returned to the United States in 1962 and moved to Socorro in 1964, when Cliff joined the chemistry faculty at Tech. Ruth taught chemistry, physics, biology, and English at Socorro High until her retirement in 1980. While teaching, she also earned her MST degree at New Mexico Tech. Ruth and Cliff were active members of the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Clifford Keizer passed away in 1998, and their son, Richard Paul, has also passed away. They are survived by their daughter, Linda McNatt, of Albuquerque, and two grandchildren.

Dr. Jacques Renault, emeritus senior geologist of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, passed away on Dec. 3, 2003 at the age of 70.

Renault was born in 1933 in Alameda, Calif. He married Magali Larose in Carmel, Calif., in 1956. Jacques and Magali moved to Socorro in 1957 to further his studies at New Mexico Tech. In 1960, the family moved to Toronto, Canada, where Jacques completed his Ph.D. in geology, after which Jacques, Magali, and their daughters Elise and Claire returned to Socorro, where he joined the Bureau of Mines.

His professional work included using natural minerals as radiation detectors to determine when and how much uranium had passed by within aqueous solutions. This technique he applied to uranium ore bodies in the Grants area.

Jacques was remembered as a multi-faceted individual with interests in many areas. He was a founding member of New Mexico Tech's Performing Arts Series. He played guitar, French horn, lute, and Cajun accordion. His interests also included woodworking and poetry.

He was baptized into the Catholic faith at San Miguel Church in Socorro on July 14, 1979 (the 190th anniversary of Bastille Day). He was very active in the parish, serving as president of San Miguel School board, and in many other roles.

Jacques' colleague, Dave Love, recalled, "He used to come into work and enthusiastically discuss the stars and comets that were visible before daybreak, when he was out with his dogs. After he retired from the Bureau of Geology, he learned to fly an airplane and bought his own. He joined a group of New Mexican pilots and healthcare specialists who flew gravely ill patients from their communities to the larger hospitals in Albuquerque. This included children from southwestern New Mexico who were undergoing treatment for cancer at UNM hospital. It saved the children and parents hours of driving time to get to the hospital."

"We miss him now and will continue to mourn his loss."

Chris McKee, manager of the X-ray Facility at NMBGMR, added his comments, "Jacques was both a friend and a mentor. He was always willing to help people out whether they were a professor, grad student, undergraduate student, or someone from the general public.

"He taught me his system of office organization. Every square millimeter of horizontal surface was filled with files, samples, and other material. Jacques knew were everything was. That is the part of the system I never learned.

"Jacques was one of the first people at the Bureau to recognize the utility of computers. He bought the first lugable computer at the Bureau, an Otrona. Jacques taught himself several operating systems and programming languages over the years.

"Jacques challenged himself throughout his life. He played guitar, did woodworking, and wrote poetry. After retiring, he took up flying and bought himself an airplane. We will all miss Jacques." Clay T. Smith

Dr. Clay T. Smith, longtime professor of geology, passed away on Nov. 10, 2003, at the age of 86.

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