Robert M. Scholtes, professor and head emeritus of civil engineering, died Feb. 6, 2016. He was 87.
A native of Pascagoula, Scholtes came to Mississippi State to study engineering. He recounted his arrival during a 2010 interview with the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering.
“Not having an automobile, I asked my sister and her husband to bring me to Starkville as they passed through,” he said. “They drove to the west end of Lee Hall, set my stuff out on the curb, wished me well and drove off.
“That was my orientation,” he continued. “I registered for classes and was on my way.”
His abrupt introduction to the Bulldog family set in motion a love for Mississippi State that has crossed generations.
Scholtes joined the civil engineering faculty in 1951 after completing a bachelor’s degree. He went on to complete a master’s degree while teaching in the department. A 1961 Ford Foundation grant allowed him to complete a doctoral degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which marked his only time away from Mississippi State during his 39-year career.
He returned to Mississippi State in 1963 and was appointed department head three years later, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.
Being in academic leadership during that time allowed Scholtes to help influence the many changes that shaped education, Mississippi State and civil engineering during the 20th century. His contributions to the field were recognized in 2014 when he received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award from the Mississippi Engineering Society.
Scholtes was a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, having at one time served as president of its Mississippi section. He was also a member of and held various leadership roles in the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Mississippi Engineering Society. He was a registered professional engineer and was appointed to the Mississippi State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
C. Hunter Andrews (B.S., M.S., Ph.D. agronomy, ’54, ’58, ’66; former faculty) 83, Starkville – A graduate of the U.S. Army Artillery School, Antiaircraft and Guided Missiles Branch, he served as a first lieutenant. He was a member of Mississippi State’s faculty until 1995 and worked extensively with the U.S. Agency for International Development in South America, Africa and Asia. He was a member of the American Society of Agronomy for 56 years. He was also a member of the Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Kappa Sigma fraternity. – May 5, 2016
William S. Arrington (attended) 46, Starkville – After completing a degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, he worked in the construction engineering department of the Mississippi Chemical Corp. in Yazoo City before moving to Starkville in 2004 to work at Gun Dog Supply. – May 15, 2016
William “Bill” Barnhill (attended) 79, Monroe City, Missouri – A native of Louisville, he moved to the Chicago area where he worked as a night foreman for Industrial Hard Chrome for 40 years. He also worked for Enduro Industries. He was very active with the Lions Club softball program, and also volunteered as a coach for junior high-aged basketball and delivered food as part of Meals on Wheels. – April 3, 2016
Archie Batson (B.S. animal husbandry, ’64) 74, Wiggins – A fourth-generation farmer, he established ABC Cattle Co., and focused on polled Brahman cattle, setting the standard for the breed. Named Outstanding Young farmer in 1966 and Mississippi Cattleman of the Year in 1981, he served the Stone County fair board and Cattlemen’s Association. He worked to introduce children to farming by helping establish Stone County Kindergarten Farm Day and the Stone County Junior Livestock Association. For 26 years, he also provided livestock for a four-day, living nativity scene for the community. – Feb. 25, 2016
Mary Jane Bouchillon (attended) 60, Fairhope, Alabama – A native of Lexington, she joined Chi Omega sorority while she attended Mississippi State. She moved with her husband and high school sweetheart, Gene, to Dallas, Texas, where he owned a business and they raised a family. – March 13, 2016
Luis F. Brande (M.Ed. physical education, ’79) 61, Miami, Florida – A native of Cuba, he began his baseball career at age 8 and ultimately played for the University of Miami as a relief pitcher. After earning his master’s degree, he used the mentoring skills he learned as a young player to inspire the next generation. He worked with junior high kids facing disciplinary action, and later coached and taught science at Coral Park Senior High School in Florida. – Dec. 15, 2015
Jerry M. Bristow (B.S. agriculture and animal husbandry, ’54) 83, Tupelo – A veteran of the Korean War, he worked as a real estate appraiser and enjoyed tending his land called Bristow Acres. – May 14, 2016
Barbara Mauldin Clements (B.S. elementary education, ’67) 70, Starkville – An elementary school teacher for 32 years, Clements is remembered as kindhearted, generous and compassionate, which she exemplified in her interactions with students. In addition to her Mississippi State degree, she held an associate degree from Meridian Junior College and a master’s from the University of Mississippi. – Jan. 22, 2016
David Cook (B.S. general business administration, ’76) 66, Columbus – He served in the U.S. Army before attending Mississippi State. He retired after a 25-year career with Weyerhaeuser Co. – March 15, 2016
William J.B. Crittenden (B.S. school administration, ’50) 89, McComb – A veteran of the U.S. Navy, having enlisted at 17 years old, he earned a Doctor of Education following his graduation from Mississippi State. He taught high school in Jayess until he moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked in public high schools before becoming dean of education and behavioral studies at Houston Baptist University. He served on the Texas Board of Examiners for Texas Colleges and was president of the Texas Deans of Education. – Sept. 11, 2014
Moody Culpepper (B.S. civil engineering, ’62) 80, Vicksburg – A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he spent 30 years with the Army Corps of Engineers and was a registered professional engineer. He was an active alumnus who served on the national and Warren County alumni boards of directors, including positions on many committees and a term as president. He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, including serving as district commissioner of the Andrew Jackson Council, and served on the state board of directors of the Girl Scouts of America. – April 26, 2016
Guy W. Davis (B.S. forestry, ’59) 81, Jackson – A native of Lumberton, he enjoyed spending time on his farm and had a passion for Mississippi State football. – April 24, 2016
Richard Glen Eaves (B.S. dairy science, ’53; M.S. history, ’60) 83, Knoxville, Tennessee – After earning his bachelor’s degree, he served in Korea and Japan in the Army. He earned his first master’s from Peabody College in Nashville before returning to MSU for a second and eventually earning a doctoral degree from the University of Alabama. He taught for 16 years at Auburn University before becoming dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi College. – April 10, 2016
Robert Edwards (M.S. fisheries management, ’52) 92, Yazoo City – A member of the First United Methodist Church in Yazoo City, he was a dedicated employee of the U.S. Postal Service for many years. – Dec. 3, 2015
Samuel Ellis (attended) 75, Dade City, Florida – A native of Alabama, he played baseball while at Mississippi State and was inducted into the MSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He pitched in the major leagues for nine seasons, most notably with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965 when he went 22-10 and made the All-Star team. For more than 25 years, he worked as a pitching coach, mentoring young players in the Yankees, White Sox, Mariners, Cubs, Red Sox, Orioles and Reds organizations. – May 13, 2016
Candace “Candy” Daniels Farrior (friend) Decatur, Alabama – A graduate of Delta State University, she was a big supporter of Mississippi State, the alma mater of her husband Charles. Together they were longtime season ticket holders with their son Wyatt. When not attending MSU sporting events, the family enjoyed traveling, particularly to the North Carolina mountains and across the Southeast to see Wyatt play baseball. – Feb. 9, 2016
F. Ray Harvey (B.S. agronomy, ’59) 80, Tallahassee, Florida – Hired by Mississippi Chemical Corp. immediately following his graduation, he served the company as a field representative for 40 years. He was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tallahassee. – April 2, 2016
Mike Hurt (B.S. agricultural economics, ’98) 45, Yazoo City – A native of Starkville he joined Rich-N-Tone Calls following his graduation and was still employed in the outdoor industry. – April 13, 2016
Hubert L. Keasler (B.S., M.S. accounting, ’71, ’77; DBA business administration, ’91) 74, Hattiesburg – He spent his early career with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station where he eventually became head of the accounting department. During that time, he also served as an adjunct accounting instructor at Mississippi State. He then became a professor of accountancy at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, before taking a similar position at the University of Southern Mississippi and later William Carey University where he became dean of the business school. – Dec. 24, 2015
Robert Kochtitzky (B.S. marketing, ’50) 87, Okeechobee, Florida – He served the Air Force in the Korean War after his graduation. Following his service, and after completing a master’s at Southern Methodist University, he returned to Mississippi and founded Laymen’s Overseas Services to help place volunteers into service projects across the globe. Active in the civil rights movement, he moved to the Washington, D.C., area after his house was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan. There he founded Alternatives, an organization meant to highlight over-commercialization of holidays. He later returned to Mississippi and founded a series of non-profits including many, like the Mississippi 2020 Network, that focused on environmental issues. He founded the Mississippi Sustainable Futures Awards and served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee on Environmental Education. – May 5, 2016
James Arthur “Art” Massey Jr. (B.S. animal science, ’54) 83, Germantown, Tennessee – He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and the 82nd Airborne Division. He began a career as a stockbroker with Francis I. Dupont and Co., later becoming the agricultural and area development manager of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce. He served on the boards of the Mid-South Fair and Memphis AgriCenter. He spent 28 years with Belz Enterprise as a director of the industrial division. – April 27, 2016
Dixon H. Mills (B.S., M.Ed. industrial arts education, ’60, ’75) 77, Brandon – After earning a master’s degree, he worked with the state Department of Education for 40 years. An active member of the Catholic Church, he served on the pastoral and finance counsels, linen services and other parish groups. – March 31, 2016
Steven Patton (B.S. management, ’75) 62, Madison – A member of the Kappa Alpha Order while at Mississippi State, he worked in the commercial banking industry in the metro-Jackson area for 37 years. He retired from the Community Bank of Mississippi in 2014. – March 7, 2016
James Forrest Scott (B.S. chemistry, ’66) 73, Orlando, Florida – A member of the Famous Maroon Band, in which he played trumpet, he spent his career in the food industry. He started with Pet Milk and retired in 2005 as ConAgra’s director of quality assurance-frozen food in Omaha, Nebraska. – March 11, 2016
Dr. Paula “Nikki” Shoemake-Patterson (B.S. microbiology, ’98) 40, Starkville – A native of Tupelo, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to become a doctor when she graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2003. She completed a surgical residency at St. Raphael Hospital in Connecticut before returning to Mississippi to join the staff at Oktibbeha County Hospital. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in recognition of her professional achievements. Her infant daughter, Aubrey Caroline, followed her in death. – June 1, 2016
Jean K. Snyder (former faculty) 95, Starkville – A lifelong student of home economics, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s from Cornell and a doctoral degree from Florida State. After holding teaching positions at several universities, she came to Mississippi State in 1971 to be head of the home economics department. She retired from MSU in 1985 as associate dean of agriculture and home economics. She was active in many national professional organizations and local civic clubs, holding leadership positions including president of the National Council of Administrators of Home Economics and a board member for the chamber of commerce and United Way. – Feb. 24, 2016
Daniel Stubbs (B.S. professional accountancy, ’61) 76, Flowood – After earning a bachelor’s degree, he worked as a certified public accountant for many years at the Mississippi Forestry Commission; Ernst and Young; Entergy; and McCarty Holman Co. He also worked with the Mississippi Tax Commission, the Mississippi Development Authority, served as treasurer of Jitney Jungle Stores of America and was a commissioner for the Reservoir Fire Department. – April, 18, 2016
Melanie Twiss (B.S. medical technology, ’75) 63, Jackson – After graduating from State she received further training in medical technology at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. She then practiced in West Palm Beach, Florida, before returning to Jackson and St. Dominic Hospital, from which she retired earlier this year after 37 years. – May 4, 2016
Emmett Tynes (B.S., M.S. agriculture and extension education, ’48, ’54) 95, Brandon – A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he retired from the Soil Conservation Service after 32 years. He then worked in real estate as a hobby. He was a member of Gideons International and the masonic lodge. – April 26, 2016
Ursin “Pete” Walker (B.S. general science, physical education, social studies education, ’51; M.S. guidance education, ’63; D.Ed. school administration, ’66) 87, Cleveland – A football player at Mississippi State as an undergraduate, he later played football in the Army. He then returned to MSU where he worked as an athletic academic counselor and became the first person to earn a doctoral degree in education. He taught and coached at Cleveland High School before moving to Delta State University where he served as a professor, director of counseling and dean of students. He was a member of the Lion’s Club, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and served as both district governor and president of the Mid-South Sight Foundation – April 6, 2016John W. Windham (B.S. electrical engineering, ’64) 78, Bay Springs – After graduating from MSU he began his career as an electrical engineer with Westinghouse Electrical Corp. in Atlanta. He retired from Tru-amp Corp. in Jackson. He was married for more than 50 years to Florence J. Windham (B.S. business education, ’62) 77, Longtime members of the Bulldog Club, they were enthusiastic tailgaters at many MSU events. They passed away within months of each other. – Jan. 30, 2016 and April 2, 2016
Doris Mae Johns Wise (attended) 92, Starkville – A native of a German community in Wisconsin, she enrolled at Mississippi State after moving to Starkville with her husband Louis when he accepted a professorship. She was active in community and MSU-related groups, and was known for her hospitality toward generations of foreign and domestic students who found a home away from home under her welcoming roof. – May 4, 2016
Charles D. Work Sr. (B.S. management, ’59) 80, Cleveland – After serving in the U.S. Army he came to Mississippi State where he was active on campus including serving as president of the School of Business and Industry and a member of the Student Government Association. He held a variety of positions in industry before becoming director of the Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Commission, a position he held for 33 years—the longest tenure of a port director on the lower Mississippi River at the time. He was also active in numerous civic, charitable and alumni-based organizations. – Jan. 28, 2016
Herman Lavell Yeatman (B.S. school administration, ’49; M.S. educational administration, ’50) 90, Nashville, Tennessee – A veteran who received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his service in World War II, he enrolled at Mississippi State and earned membership in Scabbard and Blade, Blue Key and ODK, as well as an elected position with the student council. Following graduation, he served as an instructor at Gulf Coast Military Academy and Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee. He set up statewide juvenile and adult probation programs in Tennessee and was a cabinet member under three governors. He was director of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, first director of the state’s Peace Officer Standard and Training Commission, and part of the State Board of Regents. – June 5, 2016
Carlton M. “Bo” Reid (B.S., M.S. education, ’53, ’62) 84, Ackerman – A high school All-American football player, he received an athletic scholarship to attend Mississippi State where he was a three year letterman, three time Associated Press Lineman of the Week, first team All-SEC in 1952 and Mr. MSU his senior year.
After brief stints as a football coach in the military, he became head coach and athletic director at Cleveland High School. He later served as dean of men at Copiah Lincoln Junior College and principal and assistant superintendent at both Kosciusko and Drew high schools. During the last 30 years of his career, he worked in sales, banking and business development before retiring as director of Choctaw County Economic Development. Foundation.
He was inducted into the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame, awarded the Bill Wade Unsung Hero Award by the All-American Football Foundation, and earned the Distinguished American Award from the MSU chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. – April 4, 2016