Memorial Service for Dr. Scott Zeman

04:00 PM
Steve Simpson

Phone: 5758355149

New Mexico Tech is hosting a memorial service for Dr. Scott Zeman on Thursday, January 28, at 4 pm via Zoom.
The notification of the sad news of Dr. Zeman by President Wells was emailed on September 10, and is reprinted below.
At the memorial service, there will be an opportunity for sharing memories about our dear friend and colleague.
You will need to register for the memorial service to receive the Zoom link. Please make sure to register early to reserve your space at the memorial.
Please register on the link below. If you have any questions about the event or the registration form or process, please contact:
  • Rob Hepler (robert.hepler@nmt.edu)
  • Steve Simpson (steve.simpson@nmt.edu)
  • Mary Dezember (mary.dezember@nmt.edu)
You are invited to a Memorial for Dr. Scott Zeman Hosted by New Mexico Tech via Zoom. 

When: Jan 28, 2021 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Here is the notification from President Wells of September 10, 2020, reprinted below:
Greetings NMT faculty, staff, students, and alumni,

It is with great sadness that I must share news of the passing of Dr. Scott Zeman, a well-loved history professor in the CLASS Department.

Scott was staying with family in Scottsdale, Ariz., because his mother was recently admitted to the hospital. He passed away unexpectedly in a tragic accident while jogging in the early morning hours on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. He spent his last days visiting family -- his parents Dolores and Charles Zeman, his sister Karen, his brother-in-law James, and many close friends.

Scott first came to New Mexico Tech in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of History. Scott quickly became a very popular teacher with students, teaching an array of courses on the history of the atomic bomb, popular culture, American history, film and science fiction, Native American history, and many more topics. He received Reader’s Choice awards in the El Defensor Chieftain for “Favorite New Mexico Tech Professor” in 2000 and 2001. He also coached volleyball both at New Mexico Tech and at Socorro High School. In 2007, after serving a brief stint as Acting Chair of the CLASS Department, Scott assumed the role of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, which he held until 2011. In this role, Scott was pivotal in securing three multi-million dollar grants that created numerous resources for New Mexico Tech students -- including the Office of Student Learning and Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp -- and provided funds for much-needed classroom technology upgrades.

In 2011, Scott left New Mexico Tech for opportunities in upper administration at universities in Florida, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin, before returning to New Mexico Tech in 2019 to pursue his first love -- teaching.

Scott is known to his students as a passionate and creative teacher and as a kind and compassionate mentor. He will be remembered for his quick wit, his warm smile, and his infectious laugh. Scott’s passing is a loss to the entire New Mexico Tech and Socorro communities.

Scott’s friends, colleagues, and family are arranging for a memorial service at New Mexico Tech. More details will be published when they are available.


Dr. Stephen Wells
New Mexico Tech