People You Know, May to Sept. 2009

News received from May 2009 to Sept. 15, 2009.


F. Newton Parks (39, BS, mining engr.) writes that he retired to Palm Beach 25 or so years ago, after having been, among other things, the European and African managing director of Booz Allen and Hamilton, the prominent management consulting company.


James Post (51, BS, mining engr.) is preparing a paper involving the properties of fibrous amphiboles, their mines and uses. He lives in Nevada City, Calif.

Vaughn Scanland (58, BS, petr. engr.) has retired after 40 years in the oil business. He and his wife live on Lake Cannae, about 50 miles north of Houston.


Kenneth Mallon (66, MS, geology) received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for a lifetime of personal and professional services. After graduating from Tech, Ken served as a U.S. Navy officer in Vietnam and then worked for Gulf Oil Company in a number of capacities. As Gulf’s head of Production Geology in Hobbs, N.M., Ken developed an interdisciplinary team and program that halted production declines, expanded the exploitation program, added reserves, and increased staff development and morale.

In 1986, he joined a private venture to develop PC-based reservoir characterization software. In his next venture, he led a Landmark Graphics technical team working with geoscientists in China. Upon his return, he became an independent consultant on exploration and development projects and reserve evaluations throughout the world. He has been active in AAPG, where his focus on interdisciplinary communication, knowledge transfer, and development geology continue to support and inspire others.

Ted Heath (69, BS, math) and Linda Heath (70, BS, math) are living in Placitas, N.M. and enjoying travel, art, gardening, archaeology, and investment analysis. Linda painted off and on for 20 years, before retiring from a computer management career. Once free to pursue her passion, she immersed herself in a second career in representational oil painting. She’s a member of the Placitas Artists, Rio Grande Art Association and Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Numerous works of hers have been accepted into both regional and national juried shows. Her classical art training was obtained at the San Francisco Academy of Art.

Roland Williams (66, BS, chemistry) retired from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and is now living in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington state. He volunteers with Washington State Parks, working on archaeology and history projects and hosting at campgrounds.

Michael Nevergold (66, BS, chemistry) lives in southwestern Virginia and works as a quality assurance manager at Plastics One., Inc. in Roanoke. He and his wife enjoy travel and hope to visit New Mexico soon.


Calvin Hedgeman (70, BS, math) is working for El Paso County, Colo., as a systems manager.

Russell Fisher (73, BS, geology; 75, MS, geochemistry) has joined the Baker Hughes Inc., Fluids Division in Houston, Tex. He and his wife, Carla, live in The Woodlands, Tex.,

Roger Freidline (72, BS, geophysics) writes that his oldest son Greg is the general manager at Socorro Spring Brewing Company. His youngest son, Eric, is a sous chef for Kona Grill in Dallas, Tex. Roger himself is a geoscientist at Whiting Petroleum in Midland, Tex.

Kenneth B. Kimble (72, BS, metallurgical engr.) reports that “due to the beneficial effect of low interest rates on lump sum pensions, I recently took an early retirement after 28 years with Phillips Petroleum and its subsidiary ChevronPhillips Chemical. Looking to do more engineering in the future.” Kimble resides in Borger, Tex.

Steve Hughes (73, BS, computer science; 74, MS, computer science) is a principal computer scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has celebrated his 26th anniversary on the job. He lives in Monrovia, Calif.

Paul O’Neill (73, BS, physics; 73, BS, geophysics) is a geophysical manager at CityOriente, Inc. Since his company was nationalized in Ecuador, it is now exploring for oil and gas in Guatemala.

Gary L. Parker (74, BS, petr. engr.) runs an oil and gas business in Denver, named Three Forks Resources. One of his partners is fellow alumnus Scotty Smith (73, BS, petr. engr.)

Dennis Prewett (74, BS, biology) is the president of TNW Corp., in Dallas, Tex., which runs four short-line railroads in Texas and Nebraska. He also enjoys time with family, church, and travel.

Dr. Paul “Smiley” Fleissner (75) brought us up-to-date with his doings since he left campus. He writes, “I entered the U.S. Navy as a hospital man. After discharge in 1983, I attended medical school at St. Georges in Grenada. I transferred and graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1990. I took a residency in family medicine at Woodbury, N.J. After finishing that, my wife Rachel and I moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she became a faculty member at the University of Arizona and I continued medical practice. In 1998, we moved to Fargo, N.D. Today, I practice industrial medicine at Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks. We have a pack of dogs, and my wife trains border collies.”

Fred Bingham (76, BS, physics) works at Vinson Process Controls as an inside sales representative, answering questions on regulators (pressure) and control valves, usually for industrial applications. He lives in Carrollton, Tex.

Vicki Conley (76, BS, chemistry), after working in medical research for 11 years, became a studio potter and runs her own company, Piñon Pottery, since 1982, in Ruidoso Downs, N.M. She is online at pinonpottery.com.

Thomas E. Ewing (77, MS, geochemistry) received an honorary membership in the Energy Minerals Division of AAPG at the Denver meeting in June 2009.

Patricia Huddleston-Pagliaro (77, BGS) is teaching chemistry and starting a student astronomy club at William Penn High School
in York, Pa.  In her spare time, she has taken up stained glass and jewelry-making, is keeping up with her spinning, weaving, and knitting, and is looking for a way to get back into ceramics.  She would love to visit New Mexico again.

Dennis Blair (78, BS, physics) has lived in Dallas for the past 20 years, where he keeps busy with family, church, and work. He adds, “I’m currently employed with Quantum Corporation, providing engineering support for our software products.”

Guido Tenaglia, Jr. (78, BS, biology) retired from his position as corporate quality manager for St. Mary’s Cement, Inc., at the end of 2008. He and his wife Debra (Sissy) are enjoying retirement in Rock Falls, Ill.


Michael LeBaron (80, MS, geology) writes, “I’m still teaching high school earth and environmental science in North Carolina. My oldest son, Anthony, graduated from Tech in 2008 in mining engineering. He’s now working on a master’s degree at the University of Utah.”

Roger S. Day (82, BS, geol. engr.) writes, “I’m still involved with explosives. I also grow New Mexico chile so I can make and can my own salsas and barbecue sauces.”

Andrew Raby (82, MS, geology) is retired and enjoying life in Pagosa Springs, Colo.

Mark Runyan (82, BS, computer science) is doing software configuration management for EDS Spatial Corp. He lives in Brighton, Colo.

Paul Wieg (84, BS, geology) is deepwater exploration manager for Eni Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ray Corey (85, BS, environmental engr.) and Cara Corey (86, BS, tech. comm.) moved to Kennewick, Wash., last year. Ray is an engineering manager for the Department of Energy. Cara is a project manager for Sandia National Laboratories.

Carolyn Boyd (86, BS, petroleum engr.) is an attorney, licensed in Texas and Oklahoma. She is semi-retired and takes cases primarily about guardianships for disabled adults and guardian/ attorney ad litim appointments for children in need of legal services.

Miguel Sanchez (86, BS, petr. engr.) is working for ExxonMobil as Brownfield Projects manager, transitioning from Lagos, Nigeria, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Previously, he worked in Oman and in Venezuela, where he met and married his wife, Desiree. They now have a 7-year-old daughter, Ariana.

Karen B. Brown (87, MS, geology) is an earth science instructor at Western Oregon University and an active member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Pacific Northwest Section.

Ed Johnson (89, BS, math; 91, MS, math) moved back to Colorado in January 2008 to be closer to family. After 17 years working for the Departments of Defense and Energy, he now develops security software for a multi-national contract center operator, Teleperformance.

Bruce Marron (89, MS, chemistry) writes, “After eight years of environmental consulting in Albuquerque in the 1990s, coupled with music, Molly and I landed in Portland, Ore., in 2000. Currently, I am actively involved in the development of organic, sustainable, urban agriculture. We grow figs, almonds, cherries, apples, plums, berries, veggies, and eggs on our city mini-farm of 50 ft. X 100 ft. I also teach chemistry at Grant High School in Portland.”

Thomas (“Trucker”) Lyons (89, BS, geology) and Shirley Weaver Lyons (89, BS, materials engr.) have lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 17 years. Shirley writes, “Although we miss New Mexico, we enjoy the activities and opportunities that California offers. Tom currently works as a science teacher at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park. I work as a quality engineer at Novartis Pharmaceutical in San Carlos. We have a 12-year-old, Donald, who keeps us busy. If you are ever in the San Francisco area, give us a shout.”


Susan Keeney (91, BS, biology) is a veterinarian in Las Vegas, Nev.  She designed her own animal hospital, Siena Animal Hospital.  Her husband, Tony, is her office manager.  Susan also volunteers one Sunday a month at “Heaven Can Wait” a spay/neuter clinic for
feral cats.  Susan and Tony have four dogs and a cat, who are all rescued animals.

Dr. Guillermo Francia III (92, Ph.D., computer science) is now professor of computer science and director of the Center for Information Security and Assurance at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to Malta in 2007. He is currently active in IT risk management and community resiliency projects

Tom Jones (92, BS, Physics & Basic Sciences) married Johanna Goderre in May at the Rapidan Camp in Virginia.  Tom is recovering from Wegener's granulomatosis, when he was almost fatally attacked by his own immune system in January.  Tom and Johanna live in Greenbelt, Md., with 3 cats.  Tom resigned from directing a management consulting software engineering team, and now is an independent consultant for non-profits and foundations seeking to improve their online operations.  He welcomes contact from fellow Techies at tom@spril.com.


Mason Hutchison (00, BS, engr.) lives in Tehachapi, Calif., where he works for Scalea Composites as a design engineer for the landing gear of White Knight Two, part of Virgin Galactic’s space tourism venture.

Martin Schluep (00, BS, enve. engr.; 01, MS, enve. engr.) is a principal partner at Alliant Environmental LLC, and is managing the New Mexico office in Rio Rancho. He and his wife, Rachelle are the proud parents of twin boys, Brandon and Dylan, born in early 2008, and are expecting a third child in 2010.

Eric Bhark (02, MS, hydrology) is a Ph.D. candidate in petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University.

Alex Rand (04, BS, math; 04, BS, computer science) reports that he has received his Ph.D. in mathematical sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2009 and is beginning a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas-Austin in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.

Julieanne Heffernan (05, B.S. chemical engr.; 07, M.S., materials engr.) and her husband John Balulis (06, B.S., biology), announce the birth of a daughter, Jennifer, in March 2009.   At 1-week-old, she played in her first Dungeons and Dragons game. The family lives in Albuquerque.

Norelle Irene Shlanta (06, BS, math; 08, MS, math) is a statistics and operational researcher for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif.

Samuel Gabay (07, BS, materials engr.) is a production engineer for Emcore Solar Power, Inc. He lives in Albuquerque and enjoys cycling, playing saxophone, dancing, singing, and hiking in his spare time.