People You Know, March to June 2003


Anita Budding (71, MST) and Anton Budding, professor emeritus of geology, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary by snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Brent Anderson (72, BS, mining engr.) writes, "I find myself mining copper in Peru after many years in the US gold business. After living in such far-flung places as Reno and Elko, Nevada, not to mention Denver, Peru isn't so bad. Learning Spanish was interesting and my time working in Nicaragua helped quite a bit in that endeavor. Even though I've been from Indonesia to Oregon I find that the mining community is small. And I constantly run into people I know, many from Tech. Hi to all my fellow Techies and a special howdy to my niece, Robin Lee, who enrolled last year."

Donald Strachan (76, BS, geology) is a consultant in economic geology and hydrogeology. He has an ongoing project in the Walter River Basin of Nevada, and has also recently worked in Turkey, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Erietrea. His son Woody, 21, is in the Marines.

John Ajie (79, BS, mining engr.) has relocated to Denver, where he has been promoted to director of Western Operations for the Washington Group.

Cynthia A. Loehr (79, MS, geology) has joined the Albuquerque law firm of Jontz, Dawe, Gulley, & Crown as an associate attorney. After working as a geologist for companies in Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and New Mexico, Cynthia earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She practices primarily in areas of water, property, and litigation.

Kris Shearer (79, BS, math) and her husband Eric have left Silicon Valley, where she was a quality manager/director in the high-tech industry since 1989, and are retiring to Capitan, N.M. Kris is also involved with Destination Imagination for about 16 years. It is a creative problem-solving program that offers mind-bending team-based challenges.


Steven D. Kalavity (80, BS, geophysics) writes, "I am a field geophysicist with Petroleum-Geo Services. I have been with PGS since 1998. I have traveled extensively because of this job. I am single and living in Bangkok, Thailand, right now, when I am not whisked away to some other place! I still have a house in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and maintain an affection for the Land of Enchantment."

John Mastor (81, BS, mining engr.) writes, "In our seventh move in fourteen years, wife Sandy and I moved the 3 Stooges (Carly, Moe and dog Larry) to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I am still with Baroid Industrial Drilling Products -- a division of Halliburton -- and I will be a sales & service representative for seven southeastern states. Our new hometown of Galax is the home of Mountain Music . . . brings back memories of Turtle Bay concerts long ago . . ."

Diane M. Visser (81, BS, petroleum engr.) writes that she worked for Unocal for 19+ years in Midland, Texas, and then ran her own consulting and exploration business. She returned to Unocal for a while as Gulf Coast Region drilling engineer. She is now moving to Tulsa, Okla., to work for Samson Companies as a facility engineer. Her son, Patrick William, is 16 years old.

Roger S. Day (82, BS, geological engr.) writes, "Howdy folks! Well, I'm getting closer to the West again. I moved to the Kansas City area in December 2002 to take over as the technical manager for Buckley Powder in the Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. It's good to get out of the West Virginia."

Ward Herst (86, MS, hydrology) writes "My wife Debby and I recently purchased and rehabilitated an abandoned building, to house our hydrogeologic and environmental consulting firm. Herst & Associates, Inc., located in St. Charles (St. Louis), Missouri, now numbers approximately 25 employees, serving clients across the US."

"Ward has recently entered his midlife crisis period as the driver of a vintage 1983 Mazda RX-7 racecar in Sports Car Club of America events throughout the Midwest. Debby continues to provide transportation services to their children Miranda, 13, and twins Joseph and Eric, 10, for flute, trombone, saxophone, guitar, piano and choir lessons, plus basketball, baseball, swimming, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and church-related functions. Consistent with its reputation, St. Louis has proven to be a family-oriented part of the country, to the benefit of our entire family."

Dianne Phelan (87, BS, technical communication; 87, BS, psychology) and Dworkin Muller (88, BS, math) were married on Friday, June 13, 2003, during a full moon, in Boulder, Colo. Their theme was "Remember, unless the ground is rent asunder, and the sun burns out, it's probably not the end of the world." The happy couple resides in Longmont, Colo. (Classmates may remember them under the names of Dianne Meier and Dieter Muller, respectively).


Dr. Robert Solomon (90, BS, physics) writes, "After leaving France in 1999, I returned to Seattle for a year before relocating to Rome, Italy in February 2001 (with a stay at the University of Wisconsin at Madison during 2002)." Bob is a visiting scientist with Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Rome.

Syed Redzal Hisham (93, BS, petroleum engr.) is a well installation manager for Weatherford Oil Tools. He writes, "In January 2003, I was posted to Dubai from Malaysia, covering the Middle-East and North African region."

Joseph Duncan (95, BS, geophysics; 97, MS, geophysics) writes, "My wife Lina and I have four children, ages 2 to 12. Both Lina and Joe are avid hockey players and have organized several recreational hockey leagues in New Mexico over the years."

Lina (who was enrolled at Tech for two years before transferring) is a news reporter for a northern New Mexico radio station.

Joe spends nearly half his time abroad with various research programs as geophysicist and technology manager at Stolar Horizon, a small geophysics R&D company of which he is a founding member. Stolar, based in northern New Mexico, has seen tremendous growth in its four-year history and is a perennial recipient of the Flying 40 Award for Top 40 Small Business in New Mexico.

Joe specializes in radio/radar imaging methods for shallow surface exploration and has created a blossoming product line of instrumentation that includes coal-seam/ore-body imaging tools for underground mining, non-metallic landmine detection equipment for humanitarian de-mining, and tunnel/structure detection systems for military applications. Joe's core development, the EDIT Horizon Sensor, was selected as one of the Top 100 Technologically Significant New Products of the Year (2002) by R&D Magazine. Joe has served as the EDIT Program's chief research scientist since its inception and leads the program's developmental engineering field testing, and field service efforts. He is also responsible for the implementation and service of all Stolar's other remote sensing technologies during both developmental and exploration phases, as well as performing all geophysical data processing and interpretation for Stolar.

Gail (Newell) Reckase (95, BS, math), Erik Reckase (95,BS, EE, 95, BS, math) and Stuart Reckase (perhaps a future Techie, but currently only 2 1/2), are proud to announce the birth of Samuel Reckase on March 5, 2003. Sam weighs 8 lbs., 1 oz., with a length of 20 1/4 inches. The Recases live in the mountains east of Albuquerque.

Bruce Webster (96, BS, engineering mechanics) writes that he has been admitted to the Aeronautics and Astronautics Graduate Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the fall of 2003. Bruce has been working as a Senior Mechanical Test Technician at Nike. He and his wife Delores have been living in Oregon.

Dr. Teri Hermel (97, BS, materials engr.) writes, "I have finally finished my graduate degree work at the University of Minnesota, earning a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering. I worked for Prof. Bates, head of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department, and Prof. Gerberich. I am currently working for Dow Chemical in Midland, MI. Daisy is alive and well, and the Blazer is still running (but I do have a new car)."

Jocelyn Nelson (97, BS, technical communication) writes, "We are currently living in Colorado Springs, where my husband Travis (97, BS, environmental engr.) works for Booz Allen and Hamilton, a consulting company. We recently welcomed our sweet Valentine, Tyler, into the family. He was born on February 14, 2003, and weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. His big brother Connor has taken quite a liking to the new baby, and we are thrilled to have two such wonderful, healthy children."

Dr. Melissa Woodard (99, BS, biology) writes, "I graduated on May 10, 2003, from Northeastern State University College of Optometry in Tahlequah, Okla. I will be stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma serving as an optometrist in the United States Army."


Kevin Au (00, BS, engineering mechanics) writes, "Having a great time working for Lockheed-Martin's Missiles and Space Operations in the California Bay Area. I'm currently working in systems engineering on a missile program."

Matthew Craig (00, BS, cs) writes, "I moved to Tucson from Albuquerque in the fall of 2000 to work for IBM. I hated leaving New Mexico, but I am enjoying sharing a house with fellow Tech alum Peter "Mario" Lancaster (00, BS, cs) and I also like my great job at IBM!"