SOCORRO, N.M., April 21, 2006 – Clay Patrick Castleton, a department head at one of New Mexico Tech’s research divisions, died Thursday evening, April 20, of injuries sustained in a single-car rollover accident which occurred on State Highway 9, north of Playas, N.M., where the research university’s Playas Training Center is located.
A memorial service has been set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in Macey Center.
The fatal accident occurred while Castleton was returning to the university’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) in Socorro, where he was in charge of the research division’s Information and Technology Operations Branch.
Castleton also was a New Mexico Tech alumnus, having graduated from the state-supported research university in May 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in computer science, before he began working at EMRTC.
“From what his friends and colleagues at EMRTC have expressed on hearing of this tragic event, I can say that Mr. Castleton was an exemplary and influential director and researcher who definitely made a lasting impression on all his co-workers,” said New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López.
“The entire campus community shares in the loss of this exceptional young man, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to his family during this profound personal tragedy,” López added.