Obits, May through December 2010

Joshua “Poco” Kamas, 33, passed away November 6, 2010, in Houston, Texas.

Josh obtained his bachelor’s in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from New Mexico Tech in May 2005.

Josh "Polo" Kamas
Oct. 23, 1977 - Nov. 6, 2010

A memorial mass was at noon Monday Nov. 15, 2010, at the Assumption Catholic Church in Roswell, N.M.

Josh was born October 23, 1977, in Wisconsin, to Jerome and Souad Kamas. He is survived by his father Jerome; his mother and step-father Souad and Kenneth Letcher; his brother Dominic Kamas of Artesia, N.M.; sister Bridget Kamas and her husband, Mike Reiland, and their children, Alexandra and Thomas of Hugo, Minn.; and an aunt, uncles and cousins in Lebanon.

Josh is preceded in death by his grandparents Shafic and Edma Sila, and his best friend Richard “Ricky” Krasowsky.
After graduating from Tech, he began his career with Marathon Oil Co. in Houston as a drilling engineer, which included assignments in the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and the continental U.S. Josh continued to support his alma mater by working with the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) to provide funding for continuing education classes and the establishment of an AADE student chapter.

Josh enjoyed traveling abroad, especially to his mother’s homeland of Lebanon. He also enjoyed snowboarding, being with friends, his mother’s great cooking and staying close with family, especially his niece and nephew. Josh had always brought a smile to those who knew him. As a light has gone out with his passing, he will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, helping those around him, his fun loving attitude and his mischievous smile. You will be missed greatly, but never ever forgotten.

The memory of Josh will be honored by memorials in his name and may be mailed to Souad Letcher, P.O. Box 1942 Roswell, NM 88202. Monies will be donated to a charity in Lebanon providing education and medical services for under privileged children.

Friends may pay respects online at www.lagronefuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Stephen Adair passed away on Dec. 8, 2009, at the age of 55, at his home in Santa Fe. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering at New Mexico Tech in his 40s, after getting a degree in finance at UNM. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He had an exciting career in the petroleum industry, working on numerous offshore exploration oil rigs and natural gas fields. He traveled the world extensively and would always bring back wonderful gifts and wild, adventurous stories. Steve loved the water. His passions were windsurfing and kite-boarding. He spent much of his life on the lakes of New Mexico and the ocean off the coast of Maui. He maintained a residence at Makawao, Hawaii, near Kanaha Beach, one of his favorite places on Earth. His ashes will be spread in the area. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, James and Lourdes Adair; brother William Adair; sister Kathleen Adair, and nephews and nieces.

Marion Lee Andrews, Class of 1959, passed away May 6, 2010 from complications of cancer.  He was delighted to have been able to attend his 50th class graduation reunion in May of 2009.

Jack Desvaux, age 91, a 1941 graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines, passed away on May 11, 2010. He was associated with ASARCO for 35 years in a variety of technical and supervisory positions. Jack was mine superintendent at Ground Hog mine in Vanadium. Following several promotions and transfers, he served 10 years as manager of the eastern division of the company’s exploration department, headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Prior to his retirement, Jack was an administrator in the exploration department in New York. Jack traveled extensively and, at various times, had homes in Arizona, New Mexico Peru, Tennessee, and New York. Jack retired to Silver City in 1978, where he had a wide range of interests, enjoyed outdoor activity, and was an avid fisherman. He was active in many local clubs, the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, and a past member of the New York Mining Club. Jack was also a part time consultant to the mining industry with assignments in Alaska and the Philippines.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Louise Sherwood of Silver City. He is survived by his daughter, Jill Hubbs and husband Vernon of Georgetown, Texas, a son, Jay Desvaux and wife Diane of Knoxville, Tenn., and two grandchildren.

Clyde Mitchell Dubbs, emeritus professor of mathematics at New Mexico Tech, passed away unexpectedly at his Albuquerque home on June 11, 2010.

Dubbs, who probably is best remembered by thousands of former Tech students for his trademark vandyke beard and his personable teaching style, established a reputation as a teacher, first and foremost: an educator who always valued teaching students above teaching subject material.

Born October 21, 1933, Dubbs earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wichita State University, where he became a math instructor. In 1967, a friend suggested that he “test the employment waters” at a job fair being held in conjunction with an annual math society meeting in Houston.

“New Mexico Tech’s was one of the most appealing job offers made to me at that meeting,” he said, “so, I took it.”

His goal was to generate an enthusiasm for learning in his students. Dubbs never considered himself one of the “tough” professors at Tech, but he did concede that some of the courses he taught may have been difficult.

He related the story of one student who, when filling out one of his course evaluations at the end of the semester, wrote that the best aspect of the class had been that, “The instructor really knows what he's talking about,” while the worst aspect of the class had been that, “The instructor is the only one who knows what he’s talking about.”

Clyde was loved by his family, friends, students, neighbors and cats. He was a Korean War era veteran and avid cyclist. He is survived by his daughters, Beth LeVane (Tim) of Loveland, Colo., and Meg Burdette (David) of McKinney, Tex., brothers Strow of San Antonio, Tex. and Donald Keith (Betty) of Mineola, Tex., and sisters Dorothy Townsend of Yuma, Ariz., Nancy Greeley of Grand Terrace, Calif., and Beverly Lee (Jim) of Cape Fair, Mo.

Barry Preston Glass, a 1970 alumnus with a Master’s in Science Teaching, passed away on March 14, 2010. Barry loved history, traveling, riding trains and with his brother Wayne shared a great admiration for the Baltimore Orioles. He enjoyed exploring New Mexico and was proud to have traveled all the state highways. He was a devoted educator, starting in 1967 teaching high school and college and was lastly a founding board member of Nuestros Valores.

Christine A. Hall, a 1971 alumna, passed away on June 20, 2010.

Bernard Mahony a 1952 petroleum engineering graduate, passed away on May 20, 2010. According to his daughter, Colleen Mahony-Meinke, he had an adventurous life and traveled widely.

Michael George Mashaw passed away on April 21, 2010, at the age of 36. He was a 1997 graduate. No further information was available at press time.

Shannon Shaw, a 1986 alumnus in petroleum engineering, passed away on Aug. 31, 2009 at his home in Corrales, NM, from melanona. Shannon came to New Mexico Tech after graduating from Carlsbad High School and attending Texas Tech. His first professional job was with the BLM in Carlsbad, followed by the Mineral Management Service in Camarillo, Calif. In 2007, he returned to the BLM as supervising petroleum engineer with duties in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife Christine and children, Jaccob and Marlena, and many other relatives and friends.

(Jo) Bob Trout, who earned his MST at New Mexico Tech in 1975, died April 17, 2010, of congestive heart failure at Gerald Champion Hospital in Alamogordo, N.M. Throughout his life, Bob was a kind, caring man who helped many people, children and adults, with his talents and compassionate heart.

Bob was born June 6, 1933, in Roswell, N.M., to Joel Blake and Marguerite Mulkey Trout. The family moved to Carlsbad, N.M., in 1944, where his father managed Sunlight Bakery.

In 1951, after finishing high school in Carlsbad, Bob journeyed to Chicago to enter Coyne Trade School to become a radio, stereo and television repairman. Upon his return to Carlsbad, he worked for Sears until a weight-lifting injury pinched a nerve in his back. After his recovery, he opened and operated a successful electronic repair business, Radio and TV Hospital, for 11 years.

When the Korean War broke out, Bob was the sole support for his mother and underage brother, so he joined the Naval Reserves, but, was never called to active duty. He remained in the Reserves for 16 years. With an electronics background, the navy tapped him to teach electronics. He found he loved teaching and made it his life’s work.

He began his education at NMSU-C and went on to attend ENMU where he majored in physics with minors in mathematics and secondary education. He graduated magna cum laude, earning math honors and most promising secondary teacher. Bob earned his master's degree in 1975 from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, N.M. Bob continued to add to his educational background in physics, vocational education, computers, robotics and waste management.

His teaching career spanned from the Naval Reserves to public teaching in Lovington, N.M., NM Jr. College, Goddard and Roswell high schools, Carlsbad Schools, NMSU-C, Canutillo, Texas, Park College, NMSU-A, assisting at Holloman Middle School in the electricity unit and retiring from teaching college algebra at Central Texas College at age 72. Bob worked in the summers at various jobs with his favorite being a cave resource technician for the Forest Service in Carlsbad as he had been a spelunker (caver) beginning in 1957.

Bob was a hobbyist and inventive. Caving, crystal growing, lapidary, model airplanes, cars, rockets, home surround sound, resin casting, and many other types of crafts.

While at ENMU, Bob found Mary-Ellen and married her after their graduation in 1969. They enjoyed 40-plus years together. Upon retirement, Bob and Mary-Ellen enjoyed travel to the Bahamas, Scotland, Hawaii, Alaska and Vancouver, Canada.

He is survived by his wife, Mary-Ellen of Alamogordo, N.M.; his brother, Jerry and his wife, Sandy of Tucson, Ariz.; their sons and wives: Cory and Eileen Trout of Mesa, Ariz., and Colin and Martha Trout of Tucson, Ariz.; seven great-nephews; one great-niece; first cousins: Kay Baker and her husband, Bill of Phoenix, Ariz., and Priscilla Nagle and her husband, Frank of Snowflake, Ariz.; and second cousin, Jesse Trout and his wife, Kathy and their two sons of Simpsonville, S.C.