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Obituaries, April to October 2002

Obituaries, April to October 2002


[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.]

John David Aumen passed away on April 16, 2002, in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He was a 1951 graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines, with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering.

Aumen was born in New Haven, Conn. on January 3, 1923. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years during World War II. John was retired from Monsanto, where he was a project engineer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John D. Aumen, Sr. and Edith Enquist Aumen and brother, William C. Aumen. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Clara B. Aumen; son, John D. Aumen, III of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; daughters, Karin (Donald) Thomas of Gulf Breeze, Lauri (Daniel) Borer of Sebastian, Fla., Karla H. Aumen of Gulf Breeze, grandson, Brian and wife Melissa Thomas; several great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, John W. Blanke of Navarre, and sister-in-law, Eva Aumen of Mustoe, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Youth Program of First Baptist Church of Gulf Breeze or the American Heart association.

Dr. Marx Brook, a distinguished researcher and physics professor at New Mexico Tech, passed away on Sept. 3, 2002. See related obituary.

John J. Godell age 86, passed away on March 11, 2002. He was a 1940 graduate of the School of Mines with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering. He had worked in the oil industry, and, in addition, had owned a dry cleaning shop and a pizza restaurant. He was a member of the President's Club and a Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife, Mary; son, John, and wife, Carol Godell; son, James R. and wife, Yvonne Godell; and their families.

Frederick Hendershot, a 1938 graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines, passed away on April 18, 2002 at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City. He was 89.

Mr. Hendershot was born on Nov. 27, 1912, in Newark, N.J., to F. Elias and Ethel (Vroom) Hendershot. He married Virginia Ball on Feb. 3, 1938, in Bernalillo, N.M. She died in 1995. He received a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering from the New Mexico School of Mines, and served as a lieutenant commander in the U. S. Navy from 1943 to 1947.

His profession of mining engineering took him to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Canada. His engineering experience included positions of chief engineer, chief of mine planning, and general manager.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Iowa City Noon Lions Club, Elks Lodge, Optimists, American Legion, and the American Institute of Mining Engineers.

James E. Kapteina, class of 1952, passed away on March 22, 2002.

James was the only son of Grace Anderson and Otto Kapteina. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy as a staff sergeant.

After the war, he moved to Socorro to attend the New Mexico School of Mines, where he graduated in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. He married Virginia Fern Cross Grissom in Socorro on Aug. 26, 1950. James worked for the Standard Oil Company of Texas from 1952 to 1959, when he moved to Santa Fe to work for the Oil Conservation Commission of New Mexico. He retired from state service in 1977. Virginia predeceased him in 1993.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda, and her husband, Kenneth Hansen; step-daughter, Barbara Grissom; two sisters, Jane Daniels and Martha Gunia; and grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Philip B. Mudgett (30, BS, mining engr.), age 94, passed away on July 22, 2002, in Denver. He was a mining engineer, retired from the U. S. Geological Survey. No further information was available at press time.

J. Rogers (Rod) Pearcy died April 7, 2002 at the age of 72 in Sidell, La. He was a 1960 graduate of New Mexico Tech, with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering.

Pearcy was a resident of Granbury, Texas, for the past nine years. He was a native of Gorman, Texas. Pearcy began his 32-year career with the U.S. Geological Survey as a petroleum engineer in Roswell, N.M. He moved to Mandeville, La., in 1968 and advanced to become the Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico Region for the Minerals Management Service, a branch of the Dept. of Interior in New Orleans. Pearcy was widely recognized in the oil industry as an expert in reservoir engineering and management of offshore production of oil and gas. Most notable of his many awards and honors were his selection as Engineer of the Year for the U.S. Dept. of the Interior in 1984 and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the Dept. of Interior in 1985. Pearcy had been a member of the Offshore Operating Committee; a past president of the New Orleans Chapter of Petroleum Engineers (AIME); and a former member of Beau Chene Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; four sons: Bret, Houston, TX; Vic, Austin, TX; Robert, Slidell, LA; and Jeff, Atlanta, Ga.; three brothers; Neil, Morgan Point, Texas; Jan, Hico, Texas; and Derrell, McComb, Okla. He is also survived by grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Pearcy donated his body to LSU Medical School for research.

Arthur P. Stanton, New Mexico Tech's longtime registrar and personnel manager, died on Saturday, April 27, 2002.

Stanton was born in Albuquerque on October 9, 1912 to Antonio and Mercedes Chavez, both of pioneer New Mexico families. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1932 and from the University of New Mexico in 1937 with a B.S. in mathematics. He served in the South Pacific (Mariana and Gilbert Islands campaigns) until the end of World War II.

In 1947, Stanton joined New Mexico Tech as registrar and personnel manager. He instituted Tech's Honors Work-Study program in 1952. After retiring from Tech in 1971, he joined the University of New Mexico and developed the New Mexico State Student Loan Program.

His memberships include Sigma Phi-Epsilon fraternity, the Albuquerque 20/30 Club, Socorro Presbyterian Church and Socorro Rotary Club. He served as president of the Rotary Club, was a Paul Harris Fellow and District Governor Representative. His hobbies included home improvement, golf and fishing.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Melba Bailey and brothers Benjamin and Walter. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jean; sister, Mercedes Garoffolo; daughter Ann Stanton and husband, David Connor of Montpelier, VT; son, Thomas Stanton and wife, Mary of Polvadera, NM; four grandchildren: Christopher and Benjamin Stanton, Jesse Snipper and Nora Connor, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Jeremiah Wright, a senior in mechanical engineering, was killed in a car accident on Sept. 28, 2002. Tributes and a full obituary are at Jeremiah Wright, 1979 - 2002.

The Alumni Office received word of the passing of Michael Terrell (73,BGS), a resident of Palos Hills, Ill. No further information was available.

The Alumni Office received word of the passing of Andrew J. Zinkl (39, BS, petroleum engr.) on Feb. 12, 1999, of congestive heart failure resulting from respiratory complications. No further information was available.