(Pictured accepting a proclamation at the rededication are Joseph Kelly [right] and J. Michael Kelly [middle]; presenting the proclamation is Tech President Daniel H. Lopez.)
by George Zamora
SOCORRO, N.M., November 9, 2001 -- New Mexico Tech's Kelly Petroleum Building, which houses the university's Petroleum Recovery Research Center (PRRC), was officially renamed in a rededication ceremony held on Wednesday afternoon, November 7; however, it will still continue to be known as "the Kelly Building."
The building was renamed from the "John M. Kelly Building" to the "John M. & Esther L. Kelly Building."
New Mexico Tech administrators chose to memorialize the late Roswell couple, in large part, because of their long history of support and service to the state-supported research university and also to New Mexico's oil and gas industry.
Several Kelly family members, campus officials, political leaders, and other dignitaries attended the rededication ceremony, including New Mexico Tech graduate and former Tech Regent J. Michael Kelly, Tech President Daniel H. Lopez, PRRC director Robert Lee, and State Senator Tim Jennings of Roswell.