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Obituaries, Sept. - Oct. 2008

Obituaries, Sept. - Oct. 2008


[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.]

Linda Anne Lewis Ewing, a 1971 alumna, passed away on June 27, 2008, at the age of 60.
Linda was born in Dallas but moved to San Antonio at a young age, graduating from Lee. She attended Trinity University while supporting herself by working as a clothes buyer at Joske's.

She found geology as a profession while at Trinity, and finished her degree in 1971 at New Mexico Tech. She then went to work in Houston, first for Conoco, then for Mobil Oil where she was trained as a geophysicist and explored the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas. After working at Mesa Petroleum for a short while, she returned to San Antonio in 1980 and a year later 'set out her shingle' as a consulting geophysicist. She married Dr. Thomas E. Ewing in 1984, and he joined her 'family enterprise.' Thomas is also a New Mexico Tech alum, having earned his master's degree in geochemistry in 1977. Together, they built Frontera Exploration Consultants, and hosted one of the first computer seismic workstations in San Antonio. She retired just last year, nine years into her struggle with breast cancer.

Linda loved music and faithfully attended the San Antonio Opera. She supported the San Antonio Liederkranz as a spouse and associate member. In later years, Linda was an avid quilter and a lover of fine fabrics. She also supported the Hill Country Youth Ranch which gives a home to abused children. With her husband, she joined the Catholic Church in 2006 and became devoted to the Blessed Virgin and to St. Anne.

She is preceded in death by her father William Frank Lewis. She is survived by her mother, Betty Byrd Brown Lewis, her brother William Robert Lewis, her husband Dr. Thomas Edward Ewing, her daughter Christina Anne Ewing-Gromoll and her son-in-law Bernd Gromoll, and numerous cousins.

Jane Kuellmer age 81, passed away on September 12, 2008. She was the widow of Fred Kuellmer, longtime professor of geology and administrator at New Mexico Tech.

Jane was born on June 23, 1927 in Flossmoor, Illinois to Lawrence Stanley and Jane Myers. Jane received her bachelor's degree in 1950 in physical science from the University of Chicago. In 1950, Jane moved to Socorro. She received her teacher's certificate in 1973 from New Mexico Tech. She was a licensed insurance agent, served on Governor King's Commission on Aging, and was active in the Episcopal Church and local politics. She was also active as a member or board member of AAUW, Good Samaritan, Red Cross, Socorro Mental Health Foundation Board Member, Socorro Public Library, El Puente, the Socorro General Hospital, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Sweet Adelines Enchanted Mesa, Square Dancers Club, Civitan, and the NM Tech Community Theater.

Jane is survived by her brother and his wife, Lawrence and Janet Myers of Potomac, Maryland, sister-in-law Bernice Baumann of Chicago, Illinois. Her children Ellen Kuellmer, Louise Springer and Lawrence J. Kuellmer and his wife Wanda. Her grandchildren Justin Dehnert, Anthony DiGiacco, Victoria Springer, Melinda Hefner, and Asia Kuellmer. She is preceded in death by her husband Frederick Kuellmer and daughter Marcia Jane Kuellmer Dehnert.

Dr. John Peslak, Jr. 56, a 1967 alumnus and retired head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Hardin-Simmons University, died Sunday, August 11, 2002. Gold Pan has just received word of his passing. After graduation from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Dr. Peslak, a native of New Jersey, earned both the master of science (1969) and doctor of philosophy (1971) degrees from the University of Connecticut.

He began his career at Hardin-Simmons in 1978, coming from Waycross Junior College in Waycross, Georgia. He was awarded many teaching honors at HSU, including the professor of the year award. Dr. Peslak was also an accomplished freelance nature photographer. He was published in the March 2000 issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife with an article, "Face to Face," dealing with how to get excellent wildlife photographs of reptile. and amphibians.

Survivors include a son, Josiah Peslak and his wife, Kellie; a daughter, Kirsten Campbell and her husband, Austin; his mother, Gladys Peslak; a brother, Arthur Peslak; a sister, Judy Johnson; his fiancee, Roxanne Light; and grandchildren, Mackenzie Campbell, and Jakob Peslak.

Dr. Bernard Sherman longtime professor of mathematics at New Mexico Tech from 1974 to 1984, passed away in February 2008.

Sherman was born in Brooklyn in 1919. He received his bachelor's degree in physics from Brooklyn College in 1940 and served in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He then did graduate work at John Hopkins and Brown University and earned his master's and Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1946 and 1949, respectively.

Sherman worked in the areas of applied mathematics, stochastic processes, and statistics. Before coming to New Mexico Tech, he had worked at Berkeley, UCLA, Westington Research Labs, TRW Systems, and Rocketdyne.