Josiah French 1907-2003
Josiah French 29, long-time Las Cruces resident and New
Mexico A&M graduate, died March 6 at age 95. French was born
Aug. 25, 1907, in Las Cruces. He graduated from New Mexico A&M
in 1929 with a degree in chemical engineering and endowed annual
scholarships for students at the university. For 40 years he worked
as the director of the mechanical testing section for the Gulf
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Rhetta.
James H. Prichard Jr. 1911-2002
James H. Prichard Jr. 31, a former Dona Ana County Commissioner,
died Nov. 14, 2002, at age 91.
Prichard, born Feb. 26, 1911, in Anson, Texas, was a dedicated
member of the Aggie Booster Club for more than 25 years. He also
was part of the promotion to build the Pan American Center and
Aggie Memorial Stadium.
He served with the U.S. Navy in WWII and was a member of the
Las Cruces Lions Club for more than 53 years. He is survived by
his wife of 70 years, Cecile Mayfield, and son, J.T. Prichard.
Sandra Butler McGrath 1959-2003
Sandra Butler McGrath 85, vice-president of Burger Time Restaurants,
died Jan. 4.
McGrath, who was born in Las Cruces, was the secretary of the Burger
Time Golf Tournament and an active member of the Board of Directors
of the New Mexico Restaurant Association and the Animal Welfare League.
She received her bachelors degree in business administration
from New Mexico State. McGrath also was a Mayfield High School graduate.
John H. Phillips Jr. 1920-2002
John H. Phillips Jr. 49, a member of the New Mexico National
Guard, died Nov. 18, 2002.
Phillips, who was born in Las Cruces, was part of the 45th Infantry
Division, the first division to be activated prior to World War II.
He was promoted to the rank of Captain by 1945. In the Reserves, he
obtained the rank of Major.
Phillips was a member of Mu Phi Pi, an honorary engineering society,
lettered in golf and was listed in the 1947-1948 edition of Whos
Who in American Colleges and Universities.
Jefferson Jeff James Isaacks 1919-2003
Jefferson Jeff James Isaacks, a former U.S. Air Force
Officer, died Feb. 2.
Isaacks, who was born in Las Cruces, learned to fly a plane while
he was a student at New Mexico State University. He volunteered
to serve in the Air Force when World War II began and was a flight
instructor at Fort Stockton, Texas, before serving his tour of
duty flying the Hump from India to Burma to China.
He was also a rancher, farmer and businessman. Isaacks served
on the EBID Water Board, the New Mexico State Fair Commission
and was elected county tax assessor in 1963.
Robert John Tegmeyer 1930-2003
Robert John Tegmeyer, founder of RT Electric Inc., died Feb.
9 at age 72.
Tegmeyer, born June 15, 1930, in Newark, N.J., studied engineering
at New Mexico State University and went on to work as a technical
engineer. His electrical contracting business, RT Electric Inc.,
employs more than 60 electricians in four western states. He was
instrumental in founding the Las Cruces Independent Electrical
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Phyllis Glover, daughters
Diane and Karen, and son, Kevin.
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