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Obituaries, January to June 2004

Obituaries, January to June 2004


[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.]

Charles Andrada age 92, a retired civil engineer, passed away on February 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a 1936 graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines and a member of the President's Club.

He was born in Woodhaven, New York on April 4, 1911. In the early 1930s he attended New York University and New Mexico School of Mines. His first engineering job was at a gold mine in Wickenberg, Arizona during the Depression where he worked .for a dollar a day and flop.. In 1940, he took a job as an engineer during construction of the Basic Magnesium plant in Henderson, Nevada, and resided in the Boulder Dam Hotel. In the early 1940s he joined Dovell Engineering, a Los Angeles area firm, became its owner in 1955, and led the company until his retirement in 1987. His firm gained a reputation as the highest quality steel detailer in the business, bringing him many prestigious contracts, including the Los Angeles International Airport Theme Building and the New York World Trade Center.

He lost his wife Catherine in 2000 and is survived by his son Chris of Mill Valley, Calif., and his nephew Tom Trippe of Berkeley, Calif. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

Alvin Gaines Cook passed away on Monday, April 5, 2004 at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn. at the age of 90. He was a proud graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines, Class of 1937, and spoke often and highly of his education and of the time he spent on campus in Socorro.

After he graduated, he earned a master's degree in metallurgical engineering in 1939 at Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio. He then spent his entire 40 year professional career with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation at their plants in Dunkirk, New York; Ferndale, Michigan; Watervliet, New York; and finally at the corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He retired in 1979 with the title of coordinator of product specifications at Allegheny Ludlum. He was a life member of the American Society for Materials (ASM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), The Iron and Steel Society (ISS), The Metallurgical Society (TMS), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and was an honorary member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

The Alumni Office received word that Walter Edwards, Class of 1940, passed away on Dec. 15, 2003. No further information was available. Gilbert Griswold

Gilbert R. Griswold, Brown Medal winner of the Class of 1933, passed away on May 15, 2004, at the age of 92. He lived at La Vida Llena Health Care Center in Albuquerque.

Griswold was a respected mining engineer who was regarded worldwide as an expert on evaluation of uranium deposits and operations. Even so, he held that placer gold was his favorite ore. From 1968 to 1984, Griswold was president of Chapman, Wood, and Griswold, a mining and geological consulting firm. Even after he retired, Griswold was still active as a consultant, coming into the office frequently until 1995.

Born in Greenport, N.Y. on Oct. 3, 1911, Griswold grew up in nearby Sag Harbor. His family moved to Raton, N.M. when he was 10, and he was a New Mexico resident for the rest of his life. At the New Mexico School of Mines, he earned two bachelor's degrees: one in mining engineering and one in metallurgy, as well as receiving the top award in his graduating class, the Brown Medal.

Right out of college, from 1933 to 1937, he was a survey party chief and topographic engineer with the U. S. Geological Survey, mapping rivers, dam sites, and reservoirs in New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, and Montana. From 1937 to 39, he worked for Guy V. Martin Laboratories in Albuquerque, putting his metallurgical background to use as an assayer and ore tester. In 1940, having received his master's degree in metallurgy from the University of Utah, he entered the United States Army.

As a specialist in ordnance, Griswold served in the Army until 1946, when he was discharged as a full colonel.

After the war, Griswold was the manager for Potter & Sims' New Mexico operations, leading the exploration and evaluation of the 58,000-acre Ortiz Mine Grant in Santa Fe county. This historic mining district marked the first gold discovered west of the Mississippi (in 1829). Griswold's survey in the 1950s proved that it was not economic to develop it under prevailing circumstances, but by the 1970s, he was actively trying to interest various mining companies to develop the property. In the 1980s, Gold Fields Corp. decided to mine and operate a heap-leach the property.

In 1956, he joined the Albuquerque consulting firm of Chapman and Wood, where he was made a partner a year later. The firm built a world-wide business in services in the identification, development, assessment, and production of mineral commodities.

Griswold was a Registered Professional Engineer and set the mining engineer's exam for professional registration in New Mexico during the 1960s and 70s. He was a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (SME); and director of the New Mexico Mining Association. He was also a member of the General Technical Advisory Committee of the U.S. Office of Coal Research.

"Mining was his life," recalled Doug Irving, currently president of Chapman, Wood, and Griswold. "He was a congenial man who liked people. Young people thought he was a fine old gentleman."

Griswold is survived by his daughters, Miriam Schroeder of San Diego, Calif.; Martha Griswold of Berkley, Calif.; and Annette Griswold of Greenbush, Wisc.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 40 years, Laura Fast Griswold.

Donations in the memory of Gilbert Griswold will benefit the Mineral Engineering Scholarship at New Mexico Tech. Please send donations to: Advancement Office, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801. Please make checks out to New Mexico Tech and write "Gilbert Griswold" on the memo line of the check. Carol McKee

Carol Ann (Pucci) McKee
passed away on May 9, 2004, at her home in Renton, Wash.

Carol was born on February 20, 1953 in Albany, N.Y. She graduated from Albany High School and obtained an associate's degree from Hudson Valley Community College. She graduated from New Mexico Tech with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1977. She was working for Boeing when she married Robert E. McKee on July 5, 1984. They lived in Seattle and Renton, Wash. Carol is survived by her husband and several aunts, uncles and cousins in New York and California. Carol worked many years as a computer analyst at Boeing and as an independent consultant. She raised beautiful roses and was a member of the Rainy Rose Society.

Carol's husband said she enjoyed talking about Tech and commented often on the special bond between Tech alumni.

Fellow alumni are invited to sign the guest book at http://www.bonneywatson.com/.

E. Randolph Smith passed away in December 2003. He was a 1942 graduate of the School of Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering.

Robert Stueber, age 89, passed away on May 9, 2004. He was born on Dec. 25, 1914, in Passaic, N.J. He was a mining and metallurgy student at the New Mexico School of Mines, having left in 1940 to work in the copper industry.

He spent four years working for Kennecott Copper Company in Chile, and then spent 15 years working for Mobil Oil. Co. in Venezuela and Columbia. On his return to the U.S., he established a new career as a materials engineer with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, retiring in 1983. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth; two daughters, Janet and Sharon; a son, Richard; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Stueber's son Richard recalled that his father loved the West and at age 72 was the oldest member of a month-long rafting trip on the Snake River and Grand Canyon. In his late 70s, with the aid of a tutor, he taught himself the computer and managed to do all his banking, correspondence, and web surfing on it up to the day of his death. He also enjoyed fishing and working in stained glass.

Stueber's longtime friend, Hart C. Gleason (39, BS, petroleum engr.), wrote, "Bob and I worked together two summers at the Black Hawk Consolidated mines in Mogollon, N.M. In 1937, we made 38.5 cents per hour. We slept in a tent and worked in 110 degree temperatures underground. We drilled in quartz gangue without water hooked up to the drill, and both of us ended up with silicosis. That was the reason I switched my college degree from mining to petroleum." Linda Weiss

Linda Jane Weiss, a 1995 graduate with a bachelor's degree in biology, was killed in a kayaking accident on April 10, 2004. Linda had a lifelong interest in athletics, including gymnastics, volleyball, and kayaking. She was active in both volleyball and kayaking at Tech, and after graduation, she went to graduate school at the University of Vermont in Burlington, where she earned a master's degree in molecular biology in 1999. While in Vermont, she qualified as a kayaking instructor, and she made a solo trip to Costa Rica for kayaking there. She returned to Burlington to work on clinical projects, but soon switched to areas where she could work more with people. In 2003, she entered the Massachusetts College of Pharmacology in the Physician's Assistant Program, where she had finished her course work and was doing rotational internships at the time of her death.

Linda's love for kayaking and adventure took her to Ecuador and Peru. She was one of the first women to run the Taureau Rapids in Quebec. On her last run, on the Mettawee River near Glens Falls, N.Y., her boat became pinned in the rocks of a 15-foot fall, and friends and emergency personnel were not able to save her.

Linda is survived by her parents, Bill and Nancy Weiss of Socorro; sister Wendy Weiss and Robert Mace of Austin, Tex.; brother Jason Weiss of Socorro; boyfriend, John Guerriere of Shelburne, Vermont; and many other relatives and friends. In the acknowledgements of her thesis, she wrote, "My awe and respect to rivers moving fast, gracefully, with power and excitement, offering challenges and beauty, providing the path that takes me to the place I want to be."

Paul A. Weyler, Sr., age 78 of Las Cruces, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2004, in Las Cruces. He was the Brown Medal recipient for 1953, when he graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering.

Weyler was born on Dec. 14, 1925 in Ridgewood, N.J. and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After attending the New Mexico School of Mines, he earned his master's degree in metallurgy at the University of Nevada in Reno. His professional career as a mining metallurgist began with AMAX in Golden, Colo., and continued with Kennecott in New Mexico, Utah, and Papua New Guinea.

He retired to Tucson, Ariz., where he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions Club and an English tutor. Paul's wife, Frances, preceded him in death on March 20, 1995. Paul had been a resident of Las Cruces since 1995 and a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Survivors include Paul Anthony, Jr., and wife Monika of Las Cruces; Wayne Stephen and wife Liz of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughter Rita Louise of Asheville, N.C.; and three grandchildren.