Obituaries, July 2007

Obituaries, July 2007

[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.]

John Marshall, a 1996 graduate of New Mexico Tech and longtime lab associate in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, passed away on June 22, 2007 at his home in Socorro, after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer.
A memorial service is set for August 4, at 1 p.m., Family Christian Center on Rt. 60, Socorro.

John was born in Dorchester, Mass., on Aug. 20, 1949, to Beth and Joe Marshall. He graduated from Caldwell High School in Caldwell, N.J., in 1967. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972, serving a tour in Vietnam.

In 1982, he met Elena Terrell, who became his wife, and they decided to move west to become cowboys. They changed their names from John and Elena to Cody and Buster because it sounded more western. From 1982 to 1991, they worked on ranches and dude stables, traveling by horseback through Arizona and New Mexico. They would work wherever they could get room and board. For several years, they lived off and on at Bingham, at the old Long Ranch, owned by Gabby Hayes.

In 1991, they had a son, also named Cody. John decided to go back to college, to provide more stability for his son, and he chose New Mexico Tech. After graduation, he continued to work at Tech and taught several engineering drawing courses over the years, influencing many students. Don Weinkauf, chair of the Chemical Engineering program, recalled him as an "invaluable member of our team, who would jump in to help on any occasion. He developed highly advanced data acquisition and instrumentation skills, virtually self-taught. He laid the foundation of our philosophy to involve students in every aspect of lab construction."
Bill Shell

Bill Shell, a long-time EMRTC employee, passed away on July 15 after a long illness.

Bill was born on Jan. 12, 1947 in West Columbia, West Va. He worked at EMRTC for 28 years.

Bill was known for the amazing and creative work he produced in the video editing studio. He is also remembered for his love of hiking the Continental Divide each year with his friends, and for his energetic nature, enthusiasm for life and love of the arts. Bill was also active in supporting the local 4-H Chapter.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Continental Divide Trail Alliance or the American Cancer Society.

Robert B. Somerville, a 1935 graduate of the New Mexico School of Mines in petroleum engineering, passed away on July 14, 2007 at his home in Grand Rapids, Mich.

He was born Nov. 11, 1909 in Toronto. He lived most of his adult years in Ada, Mich., as the owner of Somerville Construction Company. He is survived by his four children and numerous grand- and great-grandchildren.