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Obits - 2012

Richard (Dick) C. Anderson

1928—2012

Dick Anderson arrived at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1944 when it was known as the “School of Mines.”

In 1945 he enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years and finished his time overseas in Italy.

He returned to New Mexico School of Mines in 1947 to complete his bachelor’s in mining engineering.

After a year at Allis-Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wisc., he returned to study for a master’s degree in geophysics. During that time he was one of eight students in the U.S. chosen by Socony-Vacuum (now Exxon) to work in Venezuela for the summer. That launched his oil exploration career which sent him all over the world, including assignments in Australia, Indonesia, Lebanon, England, and Singapore.

He was managing director of Geophysical Service Inc. in London for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Later he become CEO of Sessonograph Service Corp. in Tulsa, Okla.

After a brief retirement he was President of Fairfield Industries.

He was 84 and lived in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife, four children and eight grandchildren.

Lawrence Ira Cordray

(B.S. environmental engineering)

May 28, 1943 – February 7, 2012

Lawrence Cordray died Tuesday, February 7, 2012, in Grand Junction, Colo. Born in Colorado Springs on May 28, 1943, he spent his growing up years in Colorado primarily in the Somerset, Paonia, and Grandby areas. He married Linda Moschner in Glenwood Springs in 1970.

After moving to Socorro, N.M., Lawrence attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and graduated with a bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering. He worked in the copper mining industry in Silver City, N.M., where he and Linda lived and raised their family. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1991 and then to Palisade in 1996.

Lawrence liked rock hunting, reading, and playing the cash five lottery. He is survived by Linda; daughter, Anne and Merlin Namuth of Broomfield, Colo.; son, Lt. Benjamin and Jennifer Cordray of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Ruby Springsteel and husband, Jim, of Rock Springs, Wyo.; sister, Louise Humphrey of Colorado Springs, and sister, Rita Taylor and husband, Terry, of Grand Junction. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Gabrielle Namuth, and Margaret, Rebekah, Emma, and Samuel Cordray. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mesa Funeral Service.

William Elbert Hemenway

(Dec. 18, 1927-March 8, 2012) of Socorro, N.M., passed away March 8, 2012, after a long illness.

Bill was born in Gloversville, N.Y., on December 18, 1927. He was the son of Emma Disbrow and Frank Hemenway, brother of Richard (his twin), Mary Lou and Wesley. After graduation from Gloversville High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on board the U.S.S. Corry, a destroyer, as a Machinist Mate Third Class. Bill remained an active member of the U.S.S. Corry Association until his passing.

In 1950, he met and married Barbara Turner of Fort Edward, N.Y., and moved to the Albany, N.Y., area where he graduated from Albany Business College and attended State University of New York-Oswego. During this time he commenced a lifetime career in higher education and ultimately served as the administrative assistant in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY-Albany. At this time Bill decided to move to Socorro and join the staff at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) where he progressed from Business Manager to Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance. During his time at Tech, he oversaw many new construction projects as the school expanded and matured. These projects included the new library and the dam that bears his name. In 1986, Barbara his wife of 35 years passed away, yet he continued to serve Tech and the Socorro community with the same dedication and talent.

In 1992 he met and married Lynne McNeil of Socorro. She brought new life, new joy and new energy into his life. With her support and partnership, he continued and expanded his already active civic and social life in Socorro. They immediately became an inseparable team. Bill always had a ready smile and a keen desire to serve. He became a key member of the Socorro City Council, serving on the budget committee and ultimately its chairman. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Socorro Chamber of Commerce, the Socorro General Hospital Board, serving some time as its chairman, and the Lions Club. He also had an active five-day-a-week coffee club and the Friday night “Bills’ Club” at El Sombrero. Almost everyone in Socorro knew Bill Hemenway. If some didn’t know him, it’s a good bet their lives were touched in some way by his years of service to Socorro and New Mexico Tech. In his spare time he pursued photography, golf and swimming.

Bill is survived by his wife Lynne, his brother Wesley of Paso Robles, Calif., his son Mark of Lowell, Mass., his daughter Jo Anne Morris of Lebanon, Tenn., and granddaughters Constance and Brenda. Other survivors include Bill and Myrna McNeil of Las Cruces, N.M., Todd McNeil of La Joya, N.M., Jami and George Navarro of Las Cruces; grandchildren Mary Jane, Alisha, James and John Thomas McNeil; and five great-grandchildren Jacob, Angelica, Sean, Madison and Kadeyn, all of whom knew him as their loving “Grampa.”

Memorial Services were at 10 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2012 at Macey Center on the New Mexico Tech campus with Rev. Jeff Finch and Rev. Laura Finch officiating. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.

Starr Lanphere

1941—2012

Starr Lanphere passed away May 25, 2012 at 70 years old. He was born on October 12, 1941 in Arcata, California. Starr attended Humboldt State College, spent four years in the US Air Force and then attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, graduating with a BS in Geology, 1971.

Starr worked as an exploration Geologist for Kerr McGee in uranium and then for Santa Fe Energy Company in oil and gas. He also did stints as a stevedore, school bus driver, auto mechanic, a country store post office worker, store clerk and store owner.

Starr spent the last 27 years in Parks, AZ. He was actively involved in his community as a volunteer firefighter, served on his local fire board and also as a district representative to the state fire association. He served on an advisory board for Friends of the Dunes, a conservation organization focused on preserving the wildness and wildlife of the dunes in the Humboldt Bay area.

In recent years, Starr volunteered with the Geology trips of Hofstra University to the western states and the Rocky Mountains. He also enjoyed traveling to Nevada Northern Railway for activities like engineering a steam engine, riding their ghost train and attending adult rail camp for a week to see how railroading was done 100 years ago.

Starr is survived by his wife, Lois, two daughters, Gwen (husband Norman) and Tania and a well-loved granddaughter, Zoe.

K. D. Lankford, Jr.
1920—2012

King David Lankford, Jr. was born December 9, 1920 in Dean, Louisiana to King David Lankford, Sr. and Clara Cox Lankford. He grew up in Haile, Louisiana in Union Parish. K.D. passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana. A celebration service will be held in the chapel of First Baptist Church, Shreveport, on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends in the church parlor following the service.

K. D. graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines in 1942 with a B. S. in Geological Engineering. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps from 1942 -1946 and was discharged with the rank of Major. He married Lee Jarmon in 1947 and together they enjoyed forty-seven wonderful years. K.D. had so many wonderful memories of their trips abroad and around the world.

After working for several different oil companies, K. D. moved to Shreveport in 1956 to become an independent Petroleum Geologist. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and especially with his three grandsons. He greatly loved his timberland and roots in Union Parish, and he spent many happy days there visiting with family and friends and driving over beloved country roads.

K.D. was a member of First Baptist Church of Shreveport for over fifty years. He was also a member of the Petroleum Club. He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife, Lee, and his sister and best friend, Leone Greene.

Left to cherish his memory are his son David Lankford and wife Barbara, his daughter, Carol Wedeberg and husband Jim, grandsons David Wedeberg and wife Allison, Andrew Wedeberg and wife Bethia, and Brad Wedeberg and wife Lee. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Lucy, Anna, Drew, Mac and William Wedeberg, brother-in-law, John D. Greene, sister-in-law, Elaine Jarmon, niece Stephanie Daniels and husband Noel, nephew Mark Donnell, and great nieces Amy Courtney and Allison Ott.

Honoring K. D. as pallbearers will be his three grandsons, Dr. Robert Barrett, Noel Daniels, and Bill Fleming. Honorary pallbearers include Martin McCoy, Bill Nance, and his good friends at “The Round Table” at the Petroleum Club, Gayle Hamilton, Wayne Simpson, Henry Coutret, Lane Sartor, Ralph Richardson, and James Agent.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First Baptist Church of Shreveport, the Gideon Society, or the organization of your choice.

Dr. Ralph Ball

1925—2012

Longtime Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Ralph Ball died on Aug. 2, 2012, in the Socorro home he shared with his daughter and her husband. He was 86.

Dr. Ball taught at New Mexico Tech from 1966 to his retirement in 1987.

Ralph Wayne Ball was born October 14, 1925, in Los Angeles to George Norman and Mary Searcy Ball.

Ralph was raised in a world of movies, music and theater, and delighted in its magic. He graduated from California’s Pomona College with a degree in music. While in college, he married Onetha Phelps. He spent the following years teaching music and driver’s education, before moving to Las Cruces, where he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from New Mexico State University.

Ball’s first post-graduate position was with Appalachian State Teachers College (now Appalachian State University) in Boone, N.C. Ralph and Onetha moved to Tech and Socorro in 1966.

Dr. Ball served as department chair for eight or nine years, and worked with fellow faculty to revamp the department’s curriculum, reinforcing its strengths. He advocated for more advanced classes.

With his love for musicals, Ball naturally gravitated to Tech’s music program and played violin for theatrical productions.

In 1973, Ball married Eunice Lober, with whom he spent the majority of his Socorro years.

Ball retired from New Mexico Tech in 1987 and he and his wife moved to Washington state. In his later years, Ball’s health began to fail, and, following the death of his wife, Ralph returned to Socorro, eventually moving in with his daughter and son-in-law, living out his final years among family.

Sally Haigler

Sally Haigler, long time resident of Socorro and beloved teacher by many, passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family. She was 80. She is survived by her daughter, Crystal, 4 grandchildren Celestia, Sebastian, Tabytha, and Garner, and all the wonderful people she taught over the years. A Celebration of Life will be held August 21 at the Opera House at 6 p.m. To view information or leave condolence, please visit www.baldwinfairchild.com\obituaries.

Michael M. Schmidt

January 22, 1952

August 4, 2012

Michael Minter Schmidt was born in Bad Nauheim, Germany, on Jan. 22, 1952, and passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 4, 2012, in Colorado. Michael came to America when he was three. He had disabilities, but no limitations.

Michael was able to achieve academic success, starting with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New Mexico Tech in 1973. He then earned his master’s degree from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in psychology. He also attended the University of Colorado Medical School and had an ABPP and ABCN specialty certification. He was an examiner for the specialty boards.

Among his many achievements, Michael published a psychology book, wrote professional articles, and developed a memory test. He had a successful private practice, providing counseling, neuropsychological testing and forensic examinations in prisons and jails. He closed his practice in 2004.

Michael was the beloved husband of Janet Mohler. They married in 1980 and he was a loving and faithful husband. He loved animals, he cared for the wild creatures that lived in the yard, and he loved his beautiful dog, Penny. She brought him a lot of joy.

Michael was a man of great personal integrity, strongly influenced by the examples of his stepfather, Edwin Schmidt and his grandmother, Katherine Neufeld Schmidt. He was fun-loving and witty. In everything that he did, he always tried to do his absolute best.

After retirement, he developed an interest in politics, and wrote a blog for a year about media bias in the local newspaper. In June, he took over another’s blog and, like Don Quixote, was tilting at the windmill of the media. He was a lover of liberty and was committed to the conservative ideals of the founding fathers.

He was a beloved husband, kind, patient and caring. He was unique, being both highly educated and yet down to earth and practical. He will be missed.

Henry Andrew Grebe

1955—2012

H. Andrew “Andy” Grebe, age 57 of Houston, Texas, died October 22, 2012.

Andrew was born August 6, 1955 in Krugersdorp, South Africa. He was a 1972 graduate of General Smuts High School in Vereeniging, South Africa. He served in the South African military, 1 Field Ambulance Battalion, Durban, South Africa and in 1989 was awarded a general service medal for operational service inside South Africa. Andrew became a U.S. citizen on March 21, 2003 of which he was very proud.

Andrew obtained a master’s in Metallurgy in 1983 and was a Rotary Foundation Scholar at New Mexico Tech. In 1996, he earned his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, also at Tech. He served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M-Galveston, in the Maritime Systems Engineering Department, teaching Materials Engineering at the sophomore level. He worked and consulted in the areas of downhole drilling equipment, tubular metallurgy, ceramics, powder metallurgy, inspection, standardization and in quality management. His research interest focused on the dynamic behavior of materials.

Grebe served and worked on multiple committees of ASM, ASTM, API, ASQ, AWS, NACE, the Tube and Pipe Association, and the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors.

Andrew was an avid rugby fan and supported the game and the Springboks his whole life. Andrew is survived by his wife and true love of 40 years Sandra J. Grebe, two beautiful daughters,Morgan R. Grebe and Stacey C. Grebe, and a brother, Leonard C. Grebe, and a ster, Tonsia L. Keytel.

Henry Andrew Grebe

1955—2012

H. Andrew “Andy” Grebe, age 57 of Houston, Texas, died October 22, 2012.

Andrew was born August 6, 1955 in Krugersdorp, South Africa. He was a 1972 graduate of General Smuts High School in Vereeniging, South Africa. He served in the South African military, 1 Field Ambulance Battalion, Durban, South Africa and in 1989 was awarded a general service medal for operational service inside South Africa. Andrew became a U.S. citizen on March 21, 2003 of which he was very proud.

Andrew obtained a master’s in Metallurgy in 1983 and was a Rotary Foundation Scholar at New Mexico Tech. In 1996, he earned his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, also at Tech.

He served as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M-Galveston, in the Maritime Systems Engineering Department, teaching Materials Engineering at the sophomore level. He worked and consulted in the areas of downhole drilling equipment, tubular metallurgy, ceramics, powder metallurgy, inspection, standardization and in quality management. His research interest focused on the dynamic behavior of materials.

Grebe served and worked on multiple committees of ASM, ASTM, API, ASQ, AWS, NACE, the Tube and Pipe Association, and the National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors.

Andrew was an avid rugby fan and supported the game and the Springboks his whole life. Andrew is survived by his wife and true love of 40 years Sandra J. Grebe, two beautiful daughters,Morgan R. Grebe and Stacey C. Grebe, and a brother, Leonard C. Grebe, and a sister, Tonsia L. Keytel.

James G. Jensen

1949—2012

Registered Professional Geologist Jim

Jensen passed away December 1, 2012 in Sacramento, California. Jim is survived by son Phil, siblings Chris, Tom, Kathy, and David, two grandsons, nieces and nephews, and a wide friend-family base. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Jim’s name can be made to the Sacramento Valley Rugby Foundation by accessing www.svrf.org.

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Jim’s interest in rocks goes back to the time he could first walk. Always a nature lover and rock-hound, spelunker, trailblazer, animal lover, hiker and camper, he had a curiosity that never wavered.

Jim graduated from New Mexico Tech with a BS in Geology1972.

Over the last 40 years Jim made his footprint in the world of applied sciences and engineering. He was considered by many an expert in the fields of geology, petroleum, hydrogeology, environmental and geotechnical engineering. Over the last few years he became immersed in research as a planetary geologist and the exploration and discovery of outer space resources. He was particularly fascinated with the Moon, Mars, Venus, asteroids and comets.

Jim had a passion for mentoring and teaching young minds. He volunteered as a teacher of the Applied Sciences at the K-6 grade levels and at Sacramento State’s Continuing Education Program.

Many were eager to join Jim on the geologic and volcanologic field trips he organized and co-led around the Sierra Nevada, including the Tahoe basin, the Cascades, Iceland and Mexico. He led like-minded scientists and educators from all over the world that were eager to explore and discover alongside him while they enjoyed his unique, dry sense of humor.

Jim took every opportunity to be a mentor; he was a master of engaging people and infusing minds, young and old, with his many areas of knowledge.

In addition, Jim has long been involved in the sport of rugby,
after playing for many years, he continued to mange and coach teams and players in the Sacramento Valley, nursing their wounds and making sure they were staying hydrated while cheering on the team. He liked to talk about rocks to his often bemused rugby friends. He formed decades-long friendships with rugby players from all over the world. There were few that weren’t touched by the kindness, passion, teachings, curiosity and antics of Jim Jensen.

Many will recall deep conversations with Jim revolving around music. He was a die-hard fan of Neil Young, adopting a line from one of Neil’s songs as his often repeated motto: “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” Anyone that knew Jim would likely agree that that is how he lived out his life. He never gave up on anyone or any endeavor; he always gave his best and never anything less.

Jim’s biggest pride was his only son, Phillip Jensen, of Midland, Texas and his two grandsons, Ethan and Troy. As the big brother, JimBob played protector and godfather over his siblings Chris, Tom, Kathy and David, nephews Wesley and Daniel, and nieces Kimberly and Katlyn. He was highly admired and deeply loved by all of his family including his cousins Mike, Sue, Bob and Joe, their spouses, children and grandchildren and bother-in-law John Rowley.

Whether you called him JimBob, Uncle Freaky, Frodo, Stanley, JJ, Jimmy or Jim, he was one of a kind. He was compassionate, kind, smart, thoughtful, passionate and funny, whether appropriately or not, and was a friend to all. He will be sorely missed by family, friends, cants and other stray creatures that always seemed to find him.