Obits - 2010

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.

(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.

Bob was born June 6, 1933, in Roswell, N.M.

When the Korean War broke out, Bob joined the Naval Reserves. 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.

Michael George Mashaw passed away on April 21, 2010, at the age of 36. He was a 1997 graduate.

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.

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

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.

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

Anne (Rittenhouse) Briley

December 31, 1955 - November 3, 2010

Anne Rittenhouse grew up among bookshelves, ghost towns, and historians of New Mexico. Her father, Jack Rittenhouse, was a rare book dealer, an editor for the University of New Mexico Press, and wrote the “Guide Book for Highway 66” in 1946.

Anne became a humble believer in Jesus while at New Mexico Tech (A.A. in Psychology, 1976) and helped with the Mustard Seed Coffeehouse beneath Brown Hall on campus. She worked in the Biology department on a project with diabetic hamsters (weighing, giving injections and taking lab notes).

In 1975, she married Harry Briley (Bachelor’s in Computer Science, 1976). At the wedding, a long-time chemistry professor remarked that despite her youth, this marriage would last. She moved to California in 1976 and completed a bachelor’s in sociology at Cal State Hayward in 1979.

Beginning in 1977, Anne worked at the Emergency Fund Center, Livermore Crisis Hot-Line, and became a founding board member of Tri-Valley Haven for Battered Women in Livermore. At her memorial service, another board member recalled that the much older women who started the shelter, had significant doubts about Anne’s credentials as a 20-year-old married woman and they testily grilled her. She won them over and became their spokesperson.

She worked seven years with the State Compensation Insurance Fund as a procedural analyst in San Francisco, and attended classes at Fuller Theological Seminary. She left both willingly to foster-adopt a sibling pair of children lost in the system.

She participated in significant life events including Match-2 prison visitation, Lay Witness Missions coordination, spiritual growth weekend retreats (Marriage Encounter, Cursillo, Kairos), and lastly three American Cancer Relay for Life rallies as a three-year breast cancer survivor.

Anne’s decline started in 2005 with numerous falls, anemia, and reduction of kidney function. From age 9, she had been a Type 1 diabetic (akin to putting sand in your motor oil). Hospitalized since January 2009, she needed skilled nursing by August. The nurses called her “their angel.” She was a cooperative patient and encouraged the staff whenever she was alert.

After over a year, a sharp decline qualified her for Hospice care during October. She was rarely in pain. She died peaceably without medication and slid safely into home in her sleep. Anne was almost 55 and is buried in Livermore.

Anne is survived by her mother, Charlotte Rittenhouse, her husband Harry of 35 years, daughter Karen, with two grandchildren, and son James.

Harry Briley notes: “Since we had planned back in 2007 for both our funeral and cemetery needs, the expected anxiety of those decisions did not occur. I am so grateful that we jointly made these decisions years ago.”

Joshua “Poco” Kamas, 33, passed away November 6, 2010, in Houston, Texas. (Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering ’05).

Josh was born October 23, 1977, in Wisconsin. 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.

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.lagronefuneralchapels.com



Dr. Osman Inal


Saturday, Dec. 11. Dr. Osman T. Inal passed away at his home after a long illness.

“Dr. Inal was a superb teacher, an outstanding researcher and a close personal friend,” university president Dr. Daniel H. López said. “The entire New Mexico Tech community is saddened by his death and he will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Inal joined the faculty at Tech in 1972 as an associate professor of materials engineering and earned full professorship in 1980. He added the title of associate vice president and dean of engineering in 2001. He also served as department chairman for more than 15 years.

He was a prolific researcher, with more than 230 publications to his credit as author or co-author. He advised 40 master’s students and 18 doctoral students during his time at Tech.

“Osman’s enthusiasm for working with students and guiding them from undergraduate through post-graduate work was unmatched,” López said. “His dedication not only to students, but to this institution was total, deep and unabiding. Our farewells go to our great friend.”

Osman Tugay Inal was born on Leap Day, February 29, 1940, in Turkey. He was especially proud of having a birthday on Leap Day. On his most recent birthday in 2008, he accentuated the fact that he was celebrating his 17th birthday!

“Dr. Inal’s profession and career at New Mexico Tech was a huge part of his life,” said his fellow professor in materials Dr. Paul Fuierer. “His unique personality is legendary among students. As long-time chair of the Materials Engineering Department, Osman’s legacy will last for years to come.”

Dr. Inal’s specialties included explosive welding and forming, polycrystalline intermetallics, plasma and laser surface modification and the development of reactive solders and braze alloys.

“He and his family took in every international student who came to Tech. He gave selflessly to helping them financially and with culturalization to the United States. He was a deeply caring person for students. This is a loss of a good friend to New Mexico Tech – a loyal and dear friend in every way possible” said Dr. Peter Gerity, vice president of academic affairs.

Over the years, Dr. Inal established a pipeline of Turkish students who came to Tech, including several of his nephews. He also was an effective recruiter domestically.

“He’s well known and has many friends throughout the United States,” Hirschfeld said. “He’s closely related to many researchers at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. Many of his students have gone on to very prestigious positions.”

He was an active member in many professional and academic societies and regularly volunteered for service to New Mexico Tech, professional societies and government committees.

Dr. Inal won the university’s Distinguished Researcher Award at Tech in 1989. From the Alumni Association, he won the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2001 – the same year he was inducted as a Fellow in ASM International, the largest materials professional organization. Hirschfeld said Inal’s fellowship with ASM was an elite post and a crowning achievement for his career.

Dr. Gerity said Dr. Inal’s research is recognized and cited worldwide. He was continuously invited to deliver keynote addresses at international conferences throughout his career, he said.

Dr. López said, “As Adlai Stephenson said on the occasion of Dag Hammarskjöld’s death, ‘We will mourn his death until the time of ours’.”

If you would like to donate to the Dr. Osman Inal fund, please contact the Office for Advancement at 575.835.5616 or email alumni@admin.nmt.edu.