People You Know, Jan. through June 2004


Fritz Wolff (60, BS, mining engr.) writes "The University of Oklahoma Press is going to publish a book I wrote over the past few years titled A Room for the Summer. It's about adventures and misadventures set in the mines of the Coeur d'Alene in the 1950s. It is, I hope, a book about the intrinsic goodness of mining people everywhere, in addition to my own recollections of working underground at the Bunker Hill Mine during my college summers at New Mexico Tech. It will be out in Spring 2005. Behind the text on every page is the encouragement and mentoring handed to me as a student by truly outstanding professors -- Woodrow Latvala, Gerald Greene, Anthony Budding, Bill Bertholf, and William Long, just to mention a few.

"I retired as a senior manager of quality assurance from Boeing Co. in 2000, and since then, I have been working part-time as Washington State's Abandoned Mine Lands principal investigator. I guess you can take the boy out of the mines but not the mines out of the boy. All best wishes to former classmates -- I wish there was time to do it all over again!"

Lawrence "Larry" Lake (69, BS, physics) is now the managing director of Protiuiti, Inc., the leading firm dedicated to risk consulting and internal audit. He also holds a master's degree in computer science from Texas A&M.


Grant J. Wartenburg (70, BS, mathematics) writes, "I retired from Maxus U.S. Exploration Company on January 1, 2004, after 34 years as an exploration geophysicist. I plan to stay home, travel, and enjoy the grandchildren. I would enjoy hearing from any of my old classmates."

Joseph Kmeck (72, BS, geology) writes, "I left my business as a consulting geophysicist in Houston and accepted a position as senior staff geoscientist, Gulf of Mexico Exploration Team, with Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. in Irving, Texas."

Dr. John Koster (72, BS, biology) has been named President/CEO for Seattle-based Providence Health System. Koster earned his MD at the University of New Mexico. He was in private practice with a multi-specialty group of physicians from 1979 until 1988. Since then, he has served as vice president of Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque; senior vice president of Rocky Mountain Healthcare Corporation; and vice president for Targeted Member Services with VHA of Irving, Texas.

Jimmy Lloyd Ramsey (76, MST) lives in Victoria, Tex., where he is in his thirty-fifth year of public school education. His positions have included teacher, coach, principal, athletic director, and assistant superintendent of the State Department of Education. He is in his seventh year as superintendent. He hold a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A & M University at Commerce. His wife, Phyllis, is assistant principal at Memorial High School in Victoria, Tex.

Dr. Scott Sandford (78, BS, math and physics) and Michael Zolensky (77, BS, geology) recently participated in the activities of NASA's STARDUST spacecraft as it few by the nucleus of comet Wild 2 and collected a sample for return to Earth. Zolensky works at NASA's Johnson Space Center and Sandford works at NASA's Ames Research Center. Both are co-investigators on the mission, which was launched in 1999, encountered comet Wild 2 on January 2, 2003, and will return its captured cometary material on January 15, 2006. Both Zolensky and Sandford will work on the team that will make the preliminary examinations of the returned samples.

Richard Leturno (79, BS, petroleum engr.) recently joined TNK-BP's Technology Group in Moscow.


John Dunlop (80, BS, metallurgical engr.) writes, "I'm currently working for Cymer, a manufacturer of deep UV lasers that are used in manufacturing semiconductors. Cymer has over 80 percent of the worldwide business for DUV lithography lasers - the technique used to pattern the most advanced semiconductor chips made by Fabs - including Intel, IBM, AMD - all the top companies. I direct the Quality, Manufacturing, and Process Engineering groups, and spend a lot of time working on cost reduction projects. I'd enjoy hearing from friends and classmates!"

Ellsworth "Kevin" Rolfs (81, BS, computer science) writes that he has transferred from Northrup Grumman Information Technology in Austin, Texas, to the same company's Mission Systems - Defense Mission Systems division in Colorado Springs.

Martin C. Nehring (82, BS, petroleum engr.) writes, "One week following 9/11, I was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Air Force and spent the next 13 months deployed overseas, supporting combat operations in Afghanistan as a meteorologist. In June 2004, I have 20 years of commissioned service with the Air National Guard and the USAF and can retire from the ANG as a traditional Guardsman. The catch is I don't start to draw retirement pay until I reach age 60.
"The 13 months away from home wreaked havoc upon my business as a financial planner. However, I'm back in the saddle and starting the business over from scratch. My son, Martin Jr., started college this past fall and will be the first male Nehring not to get an engineering degree. Literature, good grief! Alas, Tech wasn't in his plans, however, the Unversity of California, Santa Cruz was and is in his plans. Yes, UCSC now gives grades!"

John Hingtgen (85, BS, geology) writes, "I completed an M.S. and graduate certificate in Energy Analysis & Policy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison last summer. I did my thesis in wind energy generation. I am working for a consultant in energy efficiency while looking for a position developing wind or other renewable energy projects."

Tony Macaluso (85, BS, mathematics) writes "My wife Yen and I welcomed our third child, Marie Gabrielle, to this world on February 5, 2004. Marie has an older sister, Michelle who is now 6, and an older brother, Matthew who is now 4. I have now worked for 14 years as a mathematician and software analyst at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. I can be contacted at yamacalu@crosslink.net."

Ward Herst (86, MS, hydrology) writes, "2003 was another good year for Herst & Associates, Inc., and 2004 appears to offer continued challenges. Our hydrogeologic and environmental consulting firm in St. Charles (St. Louis), Mo., continues to expand in terms of business areas, geographic presence, and technical expertise. Ward is now a Registered Professional Geologist in 23 states and a Registered Professional Engineer in 16 states to accommodate client project needs. Debby continues to fill all of the non-technical management roles for the company and does an amazing job keeping it all running.

Ward's initial season as a race car driver was a success, winning the Sports Car Club of America's Midwest Division Regional Championship in the Grand Touring 2(GT-2) class and tying for Driver of the Year points."

Bill Gallagher (88, BS, computer science) writes, "I reached the ripe old age of 40 and began missing some of the people from my past. Worked a job fair at Tech last year and was surprised at how much and how little has changed, both at Tech and in town."

Beth (Lazas) Heath (89, BS, environmental engr.) and Chris Heath (a student at Tech from 1985 to 1988) would like to announce the birth of their son, Nathan Eli, on February 15, 2004. Nathan joins his big sister, Katie and big brother, Isaac at their home in Phoenix, Ariz. Beth is currently a stay-at-home mom. Chris, who has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, is working as a research scientist at Intel.


Michael Fisk (96, BS, computer science) and his wife, the former Gina Marie Weber, are the proud parents of Emma Elizabeth Fisk and Ethan Michael Fisk, born on Feb. 4, 2004 at 8:31 a.m. and 8:32 a.m. respectively. Mike is the team leader of Networked Systems Research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After leaving Tech, Mike earned his master's in computer science from the University of California at San Diego and is now working on his Ph.D. Gina holds degrees in computer science from UNM and the University of Southern California.

Carl Kroll (96, BS, math) writes, "Vicky Yang and I, who met while working for the same company in Hong Kong and dated for 5 1/2 years, were finally wed in Seattle, Wash., on May 1, 2004. We were very glad to have fellow Tech alumni Daniel Wilson, Tristan Fin, Joleen Welborn, Steve Rowswell, and Karen Stafford-Brown in attendance. Wedding details can be found at www.kroll-yang.com, and Carl would love to hear from old friends from Tech (kroll@grommet.net). The newlyweds currently reside in Paris, France." Carl is a test engineer for Air Command Systems International.

Diane R. Morris (96, AGS) writes that she now works for Air Products and Chemicals Inc. as a document control coordinator. She and her husband recently bought a house. He is deployed in the National Guard.

Eric S. Shearer (96, BS, geology with environmental geology option) and his wife of six years, Andrea (Paré) Shearer (attended NMT 92-95) would like to announce the birth of Andrew Marc Shearer on February 11, 2004. He was 20 inches long and weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz.

After living in Lafayette, Louisiana for six years (where Eric was working as a field engineer for Sperry-Sun Drilling Services and Andrea was a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an elementary school teacher) they relocated to Spring, Texas, in May of 2003. Eric continues to work for Sperry-Sun Drilling Services; a division of Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. in Houston, Texas, as a knowledge broker, while Andrea is enjoying her new job as a full-time mother to their precious baby boy.


Dr. Elizabeth A. Dowling (00, BS, chemistry) has just graduated from medical school at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She is moving to Chicago for her residency in internal medicine.

Matthew Chadwick (01, BS, basic studies; 01, BS, chemical engr.) has married Stephanie Chiquito in two ceremonies. On Dec. 26, 2003, they were married at the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Albuquerque. The following day, they celebrated a traditional Navajo wedding at Pueblo Pintado. The couple reside in Tulsa, Okla., where Matthew is employed by Slumberger. Stephanie is a 2000 graduate of Harvard University with a master's degree in education.

Matthew McCulley (02, BS, chemical engr.) has received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla.