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Grad seeks old friends


Troy W. Prichard, '83, and Leslie Asbill Ewing
Lori Frintz, '87, and Don Minnick, '97
Lee Ellen Banks, '88, and Andrew T. Quelch
Marlendoa Smith, '92, and Michael Mackmason
Kelly Duffner, '93, and Lester Fortney, '93
Kevin Scott Straub, '93, and Nicole Depuy
Robbi Kasten, '94, and Jau Foust
Jennifer L. Smith, '94, and Robert T. Artrip
Billy Tufts, '96, and Chelsea Gutierrez, '97
Gerardo Gomez, '97, and Robin Leigh Wilbanks
Ronnie L. Garver,'97 and Stephanie L. Pratt ex-'97


Brett Kasten, '82, and Greta Kasten, '87, of Bayard, N.M., daughter, Zoe Jo Kasten, March 25, 1997
Troy W. Prichard, '83, and Leslie Prichard, of Albuquerque, son, Jacob Smith Prichard, March 19, 1997
Aleta Tinkle Harris, '85, and Chad Harris, '86, of Alameda, N.M., daughter, Kristin Elex Harris, March 20, 1997
Bryan Reynolds, '85, and Kristy Reynolds, of Louisville, Ky., son, Connor Jacob Reynolds, July 17, 1997
Marjorie Fields Antoine, '88, and Edan Antoine, of Boulder, Colo., daughter, Haley Lauren Antoine, May 13, 1997
Julie Harrison, '91, and Robert Clayton Harrison, '91, of Roswell, N.M., son, Clayton Scott, July 17, 1995; son, Sean Michael, March 28, 1997
David G. Grabiel, '92, and Greta Grabiel, of Rio Rancho, N.M., daughter, Natalie Starr Grabiel, July 8, 1997
Catherine Lazorko Brower, '96, and David Brower, of Las Cruces, sons, Nicholas and Benjamin Lazorko Brower, Aug. 4, 1997

In Memory

Rolla Buck, '33, of Alamogordo, N.M., Sept. 26, 1997
Champ Magruder, '36, of McNeal, Ariz., July 27, 1997
Daniel Botkin, '39, of Jamul, Calif.
Albert Bossyns Kaltenback, '39, of Baltimore, Md., May 15, 1996
Charles Maurice Wallis, '39, of Hurst, Texas, March 13, 1997
Claud W. Cromer, '40, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, May 15, 1997
Sylvia Bricker Harris, '40, of New Orleans, La.
John Jacob Valkenaar, '40, of Abilene, Texas.
Harry Garrett Martin, '41, of Spur, Texas, Sept. 14, 1996
George D. Fiske, '46, of Woodbridge, Calif., March 12, 1997
James N. McDougal, '46, of Prescott, Ariz., Aug. 23, 1997
John Gillis Wilborn, '49, of Artesia, N.M., May 13, 1997
Paul L. Crane, '50, of West Lafayette, Ind., Nov. 12, 1996
Ula Mae Garrett, '50, of Las Cruces, Sept. 7,1997
Lloyd E. Cavasos, '51, of Homer, Ark., July 2, 1997
Archie Rex Lacey, '56, of Kisseemills, Mo., July 7, 1997
Alvin David Thomas, '58, of Pittsfield, Mass., Jan. 15, 1996
Leon Waskiewicz, '58, of Las Cruces, Aug. 27, 1997
Raul Valenzuela, '63, of Houston, Texas, June 29, 1997
Joe Parker, '66, of Carlsbad, N.M., July 15, 1997
Roger Allen D. Radosevich, '67, of Grants, N.M., December 1995
Kathy All O'Hara, '69, of Albuquerque, Aug. 4, 1997
Lawrence Matheson, '72, of Albuquerque, Aug. 22, 1997
Charles Howard Higgins, '73, of Albuquerque, Aug. 12, 1997
Raymond Jimenez, Sr., '73, of Las Cruces, Aug. 5, 1997
Mike Luis Benavidez, '75, of Las Cruces, Aug. 22, 1997
Keith Coldiron, '79, of El Paso, Texas.
Daniel E. Ortega, '81, of Oxnard, Calif., July 21, 1997
Dana R. Hutchison, '84, of Las Cruces, Aug. 9, 1997
Julia Ann Ryals, '84, of Farmington, N.M., Aug. 3, 1997
Christopher E. Burden, '88, of Roswell, N.M., Sept. 9, 1997
Charles Joseph Rovinski, '91, of Elizabethtown, Ky., April 9, 1997
Alvin Mathias Stockton, honorary, July 2, 1997
Corinne H. Wolfe, honorary, Sept. 7, 1997


Paul Klipsch, 26, was inducted Oct. 16 into the National Engineering and Science Hall of Fame for inventing one of the world's best-known amplifier systems, the Klipschorn loudspeaker system.


Retired Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez, '54, has been reappointed to the board of regents of the Museum of New Mexico by Gov. Gary Johnson.

Lou Henson, '55, '56, NMSU's interim head basketball coach for the 1997-98 season, was one of five persons inducted into the Hardin-Simmons University Hall of Fame in October. Henson was inducted into NMSU's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978.

Jim Ward, '59, works for the Research Triangle Institute in Cocoa Beach, Fla., which provides technical support related to safety issues of missile launch and flight. Among other projects, he developed and wrote a program that is used before every launch from Cape Canaveral to estimate no-launch intervals in order to avoid collisions with manned spacecraft already in orbit.


Carl Roberts, '63, has retired after 34 years of service to NMSU. He was a senior research specialist in the agronomy and horticulture department.

Clayborne Taylor, '65, is now a professor and associate dean of engineering at Mississippi State University.

Ralph G. Torres, '67, has been reappointed to a second term on the State Board for Community College and Occupational Education by Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado.


William Paul Charles, '68, has retired from Shell Oil Co. after 27 years of service.

Jimmy Miller, '68, has been selected to receive the top national community college teaching award from the Association of Community College Trustees. He is a professor of political science and history at New Mexico’s San Juan College.

Lucille King, '69, was promoted to superintendent of the Portales Municipal Schools. She had been assistant superintendent for three years.


Henry Andazola, '70, was promoted to superintendent of the Vaughn school system July 1.

James Brannen, '71, of Southwestern Pubic Service Co., has been named general manager of New Mexico operations.

Ray Burrola, '71, has been appointed interim principal of Goddard High School, Roswell, N.M. He has worked for the Roswell Independent School District for 12 years and spent the last seven years as the assistant principal.

Ramon C. Sisneros, '71, was honored at Kirtland Air Force Base upon his retirement. He has worked in the U.S. Civil Service for many years. His last four years were spent at Kirkland in various organizations throughout the Air Force Contract Management Division. Sisneros has received many awards, including one quality salary increase, five performance awards and seven sustained superior performance awards.

William Bennett, '72, is an associate professor at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan.

William S. Brack, '72, has been named vice president, New Mexico operations, at Phelps Dodge. He will relocate to the mining company's Silver City office.

Don Cleveland, '72, is a professor of medicine and neuroscience at the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research of the University of California, San Diego. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University for 14 years.

Don Lemons, '72, is an associate professor at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan.

Norman Gaume, '73, Albuquerque's water-resource expert in public works, has been appointed interstate stream engineer for the state engineer's office. He has worked for the city of Albuquerque for nearly 20 years.

Sandy Graham, '73, was named 1997 communicator of achievement by Colorado Press Women. The award is given annually for outstanding professional achievement, community service and involvement in CPW, an organization of communications professionals. Graham is a freelance writer and former newspaper reporter. She lives in the Denver, Colo., suburb of Columbine Valley.

Richard L. Leza, '73, received an honorary doctorate during NMSU's spring commencement ceremony. Leza has been recognized as one of the nation's most influential Hispanic business people.

Connie Moyers, '73, began work for NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service in July as the home economist in Roosevelt County. She will work with 4-H youth and with home economics projects and provide guidance for adult leaders and family and community education volunteers.

Barbara Van Pelt, '73, was named as Truth or Consequences, N.M.'s Hot Springs High School's new principal during the June school board meeting.

Lydia Bruner, '74, has been appointed director of financial aid at NMSU.

Wanda Fishburn, '74, has been named principal of Dona Ana Elementary School, Dona Ana, N.M.

Karen Roberts George, '74, received the Fort Bliss Federal Credit Union Award for classified staff at NMSU's fall 1997 convocation.

Jennifer Craig, '75, was named 1997 Women In Business Advocate by the New Mexico Small Business Administration. Craig is the regional manager at Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST), a nonprofit corporation. From the Las Cruces office, she oversees a region that includes southern New Mexico.

Patrick L. McGuire, '75, received an award of excellence from Atlantic Richfield Co. and donated the cash part of the award to NMSU's mechanical engineering department.

Allan L. Paul, '75, recently completed the Ironman Canada Triathlon, a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run in Penticton, British Columbia. Paul, a medical doctor, has a private practice in Alamogordo, N.M.

Luis "Nacho" Quinones, '75, has been selected by the Hispanic Border Leadership Institute to pursue a doctoral degree at NMSU in educational management and development.

William P. Soules, '77, has been hired as principal of C.C. Snell Middle School in New Mexico's Cobre School District.

Rick Beeman, '78, was recently installed as president of the New Mexico Society of Public Accountants at the annual convention in Albuquerque. He has served on the board of governors for NMSPA for the past six years in various positions.

Tom Longwill, '79, was sworn in as president of the Roswell, N.M., Rotary Club. He is a 13-year member of the club and Rotary International.

John Viescas, '79, is a systems developer at General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio.


David J. Bradt, '81, published a paper in Hydrocarbon Processing journal in June 1997. Bradt works in Houston, Texas, for SAIC Co. He earned his degree from NMSU in mechanical engineering.

Marie Saenz, '81, was promoted to lieutenant in the Albuquerque Police Department. She started her career with the APD in February 1985.

David Gonzales, '82, is now general manager of Southwest Hospitality Management Group's Los Alamos, N.M., property. Most recently, he was with the Hilton of Santa Fe.

Nancy Gordon, '82, started her own business in Silver City, N.M., as a consulting hydrologist in 1996. She is a professional hydrologist and engineer, as well as senior author of Stream Hydrology.

Joann Cox, '83, was named head coach of the Nevada women's golf team in July. She was an assistant women's coach with the NMSU golf program for the last 11 years.

Larry J. Dominguez, '83, has been selected as the director of the State Department of Agriculture's division of agricultural and environmental services.

Adair Margo, '83, of El Paso, Texas, was appointed by Texas Gov. George W. Bush to the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board. She owns the Adair Margo Fine Art Gallery.

Patricia M. Rust, '83, was featured in the May 1997 issue of Teaching K-8, a magazine for professional educators. She was one of 26 teachers selected for an innovative classroom project.

T. Glenn Ellington, '84, was appointed by Gov. Gary Johnson as New Mexico's chief public defender as the newest member of the 1st Judicial Court.

Jeff Mahan, '85, has been promoted to general manager of the Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe, N.M. Mahan has been with the inn since before it opened in 1991. He has served as vice president and president of the International Association of Hospitality Accountants and is a member of New Mexico Hotel and Motel Association and the Santa Fe Lodgers Association. He holds an accounting degree from NMSU.

Bryan Reynolds, '85, received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1991 and did his residency in internal medicine at UNM from 1991 to 1994. He then held a fellowship at UNM in cardiology. Currently, Reynolds is completing a one-year interventional cardiology training at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Marcos Montes, '86, earned a Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1995 and now has a National Research Council research associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. His research involves radio studies of supernovae.

Richard Romero, '86, was named New Mexico's Moriarty High School's new principal.

Joanne Ray, '87, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, has started a private practice in pediatric care in Carlsbad, N.M.

Lee Ellen Banks, '88, was promoted to director of cost management at Farah, U.S.A. in El Paso, Texas. The company is a men's and women's apparel manufacturer and marketer.

Roger Zack Beal, '88, of Syracuse, Utah, is building a new production line that will produce filters for dialysis machines. He works for Fresenius U.S.A. Medical Care.

Jack McCaw, '88, is the newest instructor at New Mexico's Lovington High School. He teaches chemistry, biology and general science.

Donald Sandoval, '88, received the Most Promising Scientist award in the 10th Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards, sponsored by Hispanic Engineer Magazine.

Jack Herndon, '89, has been promoted to assistant vice president in the indirect lending department at New Mexico's First National Bank of Dona Ana County.


James P. Dickey, '90, has been appointed by the New Mexico chapter of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association as chairman of its managed care committee. Dickey will represent managed care interests and perspectives at local meetings and provide articles for association publications. He works as a care contract manager for St. Joseph Healthcare, a Catholic-sponsored, nonprofit health care system in Albuquerque.

Scot Johnson, '90, is doing graduate study in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, after receiving a master of science degree there in 1991. He is studying mechanisms of natural climate variability, primarily through the use of a global ocean model.

Amjad A. Khan, '90, completed his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in May in agricultural economics.

Preston Thomas, '90, has been promoted to business development director by Native American Public Telecommunications of Lincoln, Neb. NAPT is a nonprofit corporation that produces Native American educational programming for public television and radio, and new communications technologies.

Deena Antiporda, '91, passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountants Examination. Antiporda works as a staff accountant for Friesen, Fritschy, Fritschy and Overstreet in Carlsbad, N.M.

Epifanio Calderon, '91, is the new principal for Loving High School in Loving, N.M.

Michael Daniel, '91, was recently hired as NMSU's Colfax County 4-H agent. He works out of the Raton, N.M., Cooperative Extension Office.

Steven G. Bowers, '92, was promoted to Navy Captain while serving with the Naval Reserve Center in Decatur, Ill.

Lorraine Breaux, '92, was hired as a special education teacher at Ben Alexander School in Lovington, N.M.

Christen Casey Garcia, '92, was named vice president for business affairs at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M., following a national search. Garcia has been with the university since 1993 and held the positions of internal auditor, comptroller and acting vice president for business affairs.

David G. Grabiel, '92, recently became licenced as a professional engineer in California and New Mexico. Grabiel works for Quiroga-Pfeiffer Engineering Corp. in Albuquerque as a structural engineer.

Miklos Kiss, '92, a captain in the U.S. Army, is now at Fort Lewis, Wash. with responsibilities in logistics management, after spending a year in Korea.

Jill Fierro, '93, was recently certified as a psychiatric nurse. Fierro is a registered nurse with Golden Services in Carlsbad, N.M.

Paul Gutierrez, '93, has joined the staff of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau as governmental affairs specialist. He will work on local, state and national legislative issues and policy development research.

Gabriel Lampert, '76, '93, had his novella "Reptile Triptych" published in the Summer 1997 issue of Evergreen Chronicles, a literary magazine for the gay and lesbian community. The piece was one of two winners in the magazine's annual novella contest. Lampert's story "Journey," published in the magazine Response last spring, is on the syllabus of a course titled "Jewish Short Stories of the 20th Century" at Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. Lampert earned a doctorate in educational research and a master of arts degree in creative writing at NMSU, where he teaches mathematics.

Nancy LaPointe, '93, recently expanded her consulting services in Las Cruces to include helping seniors and their families assess care options. LaPointe is a social worker in the eldercare consulting field. She has 25 years experience in medical-related fields and has worked with long-term care and as a consultant to area facilities for the last five years.

Steve Stearns, '93, was named president of Norwest Bank in Silver City, N.M. Stearns is the youngest bank president in New Mexico. He was previously vice president of Norwest Bank in Las Cruces.

Andrea Sutten, '93, has been named director of communications for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. Sutten served three year as assistant communication officer to Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez.

Mary D. Berry, '94, was one of the recipients of the 1997 Governor's Award for Distinguished New Mexico Women. She was nominated by the American Association of University Women. A reception, presided over by Gov. Gary Johnson and First Lady Dee Johnson, was held in June.

Eric Garcia, '94, recently completed the U.S. Marines' Fleet Replacement Squadron Program and was designated a CH-46E helicopter co-pilot. Garcia reported for duty with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Jacksonville, N.C. He has been with the Marine Corps since 1988.

Sherri Rhodes Smith, '94, was hired by Lakeview Christian Nursing Home in Carlsbad, N.M., as comptroller. Smith also will supervise office personnel.

Eric Dalton, '95, former Aggie baseball player, has expanded his concrete refinishing business, Increte Systems of Las Cruces. His company refinishes surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, patios and pool decks.

Isaac E. Chavez, '96, was accepted into the Japan Exchange Teaching program. Chavez will live in Japan for two years, teaching English in a high school in Nagasaki City. He is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.

Sylvia Flores, '96, was hired as principal for Yucca Elementary School in Artesia, N.M., where she taught first grade in 1987. Since 1992, she was a fourth grade teacher at Hermosa Elementary School.

Chrystal Kurimski, '96, has been hired as the new MDS coordinator at Lakeview's Northgate Unit in Carlsbad, N.M. Kurimski will be the health team leader responsible for resident assessment and care plans.

James J. Arnold, '97, was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the NMSU Air Force ROTC program. He is the son of Deane and Selma Arnold of Santa Fe, N.M.

Ronnie Garver, '97, has been hired as graphic designer for NMSU's University Communications/Publications Section.

Ashley Lankford, '97, was hired as a certified public accountant by Barraclough & Associates.


Thomas Bureau McDonald, '97, has been appointed to a six-year term on the Governor's Commission of Higher Education by Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico. McDonald is the marketing director and a surveillance investigator for Cobra Co., a regional insurance fraud investigations firm. He oversees the company's corporate offices in Albuquerque.

Robert S. McLean, '97, was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the NMSU Air Force ROTC program. He is the son of Robert McLean and Hiroko McLean, both of Alamogordo, N.M.

Anthony Webster, '97, is working with the Mescalero Apache tribe in Mescalero, N.M., to transcribe Apache words and phrases into a medical dictionary. He is using a Navajo format font. The project, slated for completion in October 1998, received a $6,000 grant obtained through NMSU's sociology and anthropology department.

Grad seeks old friends

John Havener, '78, a chemical engineering graduate, has invented an air-emission modeler, worked overseas, endured the untimely deaths of two children and adopted a baby boy. His life is a whirlwind — some of it magic, and some of it tragic.

Under the heading of "magic," he'd like to find two old friends. Havener said he's been searching for 15 years for 'some of the best friends I ever had in life": Allan Mobs, '78, and Sam Harris, '76.

Havener, originally of Lake Arthur, N.M., lives in Liberty Hill, Texas, with wife Tami (Vaughn) Havener, '77, of Silver City, N.M. Two of their three natural children, Patrick, 15, and Roxann, 13, were killed in a car wreck in March of 1995. The middle child, Tara, 17, is a senior at Liberty Hill High. John and Tami adopted Joshua, 2, in 1995.

In 1994, Havener was issued a U.S. patent for a system that models air emissions from combustion processes. This product fueled the success of Pavilion Technologies, which he joined in 1993.

If you can help Havener find his friends, send him an e-mail at

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