Memorial Service for Dr. Scott Zeman
- Rob Hepler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Steve Simpson (email@example.com)
- Mary Dezember (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When: Jan 28, 2021 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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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
PresidentNew Mexico Tech