LaWanda Jones: Meeting the challenge

LaWanda Jones

LaWanda Jones. (Photo by B.A. Rupert)

LaWanda Jones, CE’91 (second from left), is not one to shy away from a challenge.

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Bob and Ginny Pahl

Pahls

Bob and Ginny Pahl. (Photo by Don C. Harris Photography)

Bob Pahl, ChE’68, MS ChE’70, PhD ChE’74, was a student in Rolla when the “Old Chem” building burned in the late 1960s and was still a Rolla student when a new building was constructed in the early 1970s.

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Mike Eckert: Going fast and going green

Mike Eckert grew up racing go-karts and watching Formula 1 cars on television.

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Paul Murphy: a survivor’s story

On July 30, 1945, shortly after delivering atomic bomb components to the U.S. air base at Tinian, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Of the 1,197 sailors onboard, 317 survived. One survivor was Paul Murphy, ME’50.

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Charles A. Wentz Jr.: You can call him Chef Al

Charles A. “Al” Wentz Jr., ChE’57, MS ChE’59, grew up in Edwardsville, Ill. During his career in the oil industry and then as a textbook author, professor and environmentalist for the EPA and OSHA, he lived and worked all over the world, but returned to Edwardsville to retire. Today, Wentz runs a healthcare company that operates a Lebanon, Ill., nursing home. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern and an MBA from SIU Edwardsville. In his role as “Chef Al,” Wentz hosts a dozen charitable gourmet dinners and barbecues at his home every year and has published three cookbooks of recipes he perfected during his travels.

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John Berwick: Century Club member

Proudly displayed on a wall in the late John D. Berwick Jr.’s home was a wooden plaque from the Miner Alumni Association. The plaque signifies that Mr. Berwick, MetE’39, was a member of the Century Club.

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David Pollack: energy entrepreneur

After graduating from Missouri S&T, David Pollack soon realized that looking for jobs wasn’t really his thing. He was more interested, as it turns out, in employing himself.

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Dave and Mae Jean Nothstine

Dave Nothstine’s wife, Mae Jean, was “one of 12 women” on campus when he was a student, recalls Dave, ME’55. A member of the St. Pat’s Board, Dave says calculus was the most intimidating class he took. Dave worked in the aviation industry from 1955 to 1995, retiring from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as vice president of international support services.

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Gordon L. Carpenter

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force, retired.

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The Riess Family: Building a pipeline to S&T

College wasn’t on Rob Riess Sr.’s radar after high school, not until his older brother challenged him to give it a try. He attended community college for two years, did well, and decided to complete his degree at Rolla – a decision that led to an outstanding career in the energy transportation field.

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