Obituaries, Sept. 1999 - June 2000

Obituaries, Sept. 1999 - June 2000

[Note: in cases where donations may be made to New Mexico Tech, the address is: Advancement Office, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801.]

Lou Baudoin Louis P. Baudoin (Lou) Sr
., a former Tech employee, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at his residence in Socorro, NM. Born February 26, 1922 to Louis J. and Hildred Gardenier Baudoin in Claremont, MN. He lived his early years in southern Minnesota, moved to Chicago, where he graduated from Waukegan Township High School; became an Eagle Scout; and attended RCA Institutes. In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps (later the United States Air Force) to become a pilot (43K). He flew multi-engine aircraft (B-26 Marauders, and B-29s) and achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. He continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve until 1957.

In 1950, Mr. Baudoin and his wife Berenyce moved to Albuquerque, where he worked for Timpte Inc. before becoming an Associate Senior Designer for Sandia National Laboratories. After retiring from Sandia in 1975, Lou and his wife moved to Socorro and hand-built their house. From 1984 to 1989, Lou worked for New Mexico Tech as a mechanical design technician in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering.

Lou was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Welding Society, Medical Arts Research Foundation, Kit Carson Council, Boy Scouts of America, B-26 Marauder Historical Society, Air Force Flyers Club, Socorro Old Car Club, National Model T Club, VMCCA, and the Socorro County Historical Society. He was a ham radio operator. Lou assisted in the design of the VLA rail vehicles system. Lou and Berenyce enjoyed appearing in parades in their 1925 Model T Speedster and taking cruises on ships.

Lou Baudoin touched many people through his helping hands, innovation, design skills and goodwill, enabling and changing people's lives through his generosity. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Berenyce Falk Baudoin, of Socorro; sons, Louis Jr. and wife Patricia, Ali and wife LaVerne of Albuquerque; grandchildren Lisa, Suzanne, Genevieve, and Bayard; and great-grandchildren, Ely Watson, Noah Watson and Max Nieberg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Socorro General Hospital Hospice, PO Box 1009, Socorro NM 87801.

Roy Blankley, Jr.
, 84, of Anthony, NM., passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso. He was born Oct. 1, 1915 in Dunkirk, Indiana. He served in the Army during World War II and graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. Blankley was retired from his position as school principal for the Gadsden Independent School District. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Lions Club, and the Masonic Lodge.

Ralph F. Conway, 85, passed away on Nov. 26, 1998, in San Antonio, Tex. He was born on Jan. 11, 1913, in Westfield, Mass. He received a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the New Mexico School of Mines in 1938. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He then worked for American Airlines for 31 years, retiring with the rank of captain.

Conway was preceded in death by his son, Gary L. Conway. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Almira E. Conway; son, Gerald T. of Reno, Nev.; son and daughter-in-law Kevin R. and Patti of Austin; daughter-in-law Dianne of Smithtown, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

William (Bill) Porter Davenport, 69, passed away suddenly on Dec. 18, 1999, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. For the past year, Davenport taught computer science courses at New Mexico Tech as an adjunct faculty member. He was born in Danbury, Conn., and raised in Tucson, Ariz. In 1955, he married Maryon Perry and attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1960. He worked in industry, starting at Mountain Telephone and Telegraph in Ariz. For Safeway stores in Oakland, Calif., Davenport designed and built their first computer center; and for Bank Americard (Visa) in San Francisco, he designed and implemented their first national telecommunications system.

Bill had an inherent, abiding love of teaching and spent the last twenty years of his professional career as an associate professor of computer science at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Following retirement in 1994, he and his wife settled in New Mexico, first in Albuquerque and then, for the past year, in San Antonio. Bill was a deeply committed Christian, devoted husband and father, and respected and loved by those who knew him for his integrity, forthrightness, and joy of life.

He is survived by his wife, Maryon of San Antonio, NM; two daughters, Leslie Fuentes and husband Marty of Albuquerque, Brenda Schaeffer and husband Brian of Deming; a son William (Bill) Davenport and wife Joanne of Nova Scotia, Canada; two sisters, Anne Lovekin and husband William of Albuquerque, Mary Jacksha and husband Larry of Socorro; a brother John (Jay) and his wife Betsy of Baldwin Park, Calif., and nine grandchildren.

Kirk Allen Ferdig, age 28, passed away Oct. 30, 1998 from cancer. He graduated from New Mexico Tech in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry with an environmental option. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist and a Laboratory Information Management Systems specialist. He is survived by his wife Monica; children, Amber, Aaron, and Autumn; parents Jerry and Patty; brothers Dean and Eric; and sister Nicole.

Dr. Charles Michael "Mike" Fullerton, age 67, of Hilo, Hawaii, died on Nov. 13, 1999, at home.

Fullerton was born in Oklahoma City and attended Sewanee Military Academy in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was valedictorian of the Class of 1950. He then attended the University of the South at Sewanee and later the University of Oklahoma, where he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1954. He served in the United States Army as a commander of the 4th Ordnance Company (Guided Missile Maintenance and Repair), at White Sands Missile Range and later as adjutant, 61st Ordnance Group, and administrative assistant to the post ordnance officer, Fort Bliss, Tex. He then attended New Mexico Tech, where he earned a master's degree in physics in 1964 and a Ph.D. in geophysics in 1966.

He joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii (UH) in 1966 and subsequently became director of the Cloud Physics Laboratory of UH Hilo's Department of Meteorology in 1969. Fullerton served as director of that research facility for 14 years, pausing briefly in 1974 to serve as acting provost of the UH Hilo campus. In 1984, he was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a post he held for eight years. During his tenure as dean, Fullerton served as chairman of the Hawaii Island United Way, helping to bring in over $1 million dollars in donations in 1990. He also served on the boards of several organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Hilo and the St. Joseph's School Board. Throughout his years at UH, Fullerton was an enthusiastic supporter of Vulcan Athletics, especially men's basketball.

In 1992, Fullerton left academic administration and teaching to devote himself full-time to community and civic service. He was a long-standing member and past president of the Rotary Club of South Hilo, and served in 1999 as the club's secretary. He was a major supporter of the Blood Bank of Hawaii, serving both as a member of the Hilo Friends for Life Committee and as a "super" blood donor himself. Fullerton was also an active member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, singing in both the main parish choir and the Aloha choir, volunteering as a lay lector at weekly masses, and serving this year as chairman of the Parish Pastoral Advisory Council.

He is survived by his wife Jane Jo Fullerton, of Socorro, NM, and his children: Malia Fullerton of State College, Pa., Christopher Fullerton of Three Springs., Pa., and Amy Fullerton of Halaula, Hawaii.

Robert F. Goudge, 83, passed away on Jan 28, 2000. Born on June 8, 1916, in New York City, he had been a resident of Boulder City, Nev., for 14 years. He graduated from the New Mexico School of Mines in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Goudge attended St. Christopher's Espicopal Church in Bounder City. He was an avid swimmer and was once named Nevada Senior Athlete of the Year.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, son, Bob, grandsons, Robert and Marcus, and five great-grandchildren.

Catherine M. (McKinney) LaVada passed away on Oct. 11, 1999, in Medford, Ore., after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in 1941, in Lebanon, Ore. She received her bachelor's degree in geology from New Mexico Tech in 1986, which she regarded as her most rewarding accomplishment. She had been married since Dec. 7, 1990, to Larry LaVada of Kerby, Ore. The couple lived in the Illinois Valley of Oregon.

Catherine was a member of the Baha'i faith. Activities she enjoyed were geology, bowling, and attending auctions.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her father, Noah McKinney of Prineville, Ore.; a son, John D. Key of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Theresa, M. Connoly of Mound, Okla.; a brother, Gary McKinney of Prineville; a sister, Penny Lewman of Grants Pass, Ore.; and four grandchildren.

Paul D. Meadows, 73, an active and respected leader in the oil and gas industry, passed away on Friday, Nov. 19, 1999.

Meadows was born on Oct. 22, 1926, in Niotaze, Kan. He received his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from New Mexico Tech in 1952, and was presented with an honorary doctorate in 1982. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Throughout his career, Meadows held many important positions in the oil and gas industry. He was a founder and director of Ensource, Inc., Denver, Colo.; member of the Technical Advisory Committee of UMC Petroleum Corp., Houston, Tex.; president and CEO of Canadian Reserve Oil and Gas Company, Calgary, Alberta; president of James A. Lewis Engineering, Inc., Dallas, Tex.; and manager of engineering for Honolulu Oil Corporation, San Francisco, Calif. Most recently, he was a partner in Vega Energy Co. and chairman of the board of two corporations: Potomac Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, and the Chandler Co., Denver.

Paul Meadows was a member of the Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, Colo., the Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colo., and Eldorado Country Club, Indian Wells, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jimmie, and by his daughter Paula. He is also survived by his sister Norma Patterson of San Diego, Calif.; sister Audrey Ladd of Elk City, Okla.; brother Dan Meadows of Scottsdale, Ariz., sister Lana West, also of Scottsdale, Ariz., and sister Sherley Robinson of Phoenix, Ariz.

Robert Paul Rodriguez, age 33, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999. He was a 1996 graduate with a bachelor's degree in basic sciences, and he also earned an Army Achievement Medal in 1988. He is survived by his wife Cheryl and daughter Shade of Shiprock; his parents, Paul and Annabelle Rodriguez of Nambé; a brother, Raul Rodriguez and wife Russella of Nambé; two sisters, Deborah Los and husband Mike, and Marissa Rodriguez and husband Ganeson Gopala of Albuquerque; and many other relatives.

R. Steve Kirkpatrick
, 47, of Santa Fe, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999. He graduated from New Mexico Tech in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He was the owner of Kirkpatrick Visions in Santa Fe. Steve was born on April 25, 1952, in Alamosa, Colo., to Robert E. and Alice Ann Kirkpatrick. He married Virginia, who survives him, on Aug. 25, 1973. He retired as a data processing manager with the Highway Department of the state of New Mexico. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his sons, R. Daniel and James Kirkpatrick, both of Santa Fe.

David Wilson, the architect who engineered New Mexico Tech's return to building colors of the 1930s, passed away on Feb. 25, 2000, at the age of 49. See NMT Architect Dave Wilson, 1951-2000.