University of Texas,
Physics Department Picnic 1933


Physics Department Picnic 1933


Physics Department Spring 1933 - At a Park, sign says .....Lakes

1. Eugene Miller.
2. J. J. Miller.
3. Juanita Miller. (Eugene & Juanita at right with Mel Oakes, 11/10/10)
4. Charles Raines (later worked in UT Astronomy Dept). He has wine keg & siphon.
5. C. W. McCune.
6. L. Earl Deacon.
7. H. Babcock.
8. Otto G. Holekamp (1913-86)
9. Wayne Jones (later Wayne Rudmose).
10. Willie E. Franks 11. Donald Boner (In a list of those in the picture, Professor Kuehne identified Donald as “Archimedes”. Reason unknown).
12. Marian Boner.
13. Loraine Decherd.
14. Brigitte Lockenvitz.
15. Margaret Lockenvitz.
16. Mrs. Colby
17. Alexander McFarlane Mood (Ph.D. Princeton, Math 1940, 1913-2009).
18. J. M. Kuehne.
19. Helen Romberg.
20. Mary Lucy Dodson.
21. Mrs J. J. “Grace” Miller.
22. Mrs. T. S. “Fay” Edrington.
23. Caroline McCulloch Mitchell.
24. Margaret Romberg.
25. Charles P. Boner.
26. Arthur Lockenvitz.
27. Malcolm Colby.
28. Thomas Sydney Edrington (MA 1930 with Boner. Worked with Shell. In Midland).
29. Sally Lee Westmoreland Boner (C. P. Boner’s mother).
30. Charles R. Clark.
31. Lawrence E. Brown.
32. Clarence J. Saunders.
33. Arnold Romberg.
34. Alfred Henry Kettler (1912-94) (MA 1937, Physicist at RCA Laboratories, 1948 patented earphone caps. Received a Whiting Scholarship at Harvard in 1938).
35. Robert E. Greenwood (became UT Math Professor).

Information about some in the picture:

8. Otto George “Buster” Holekamp was born in Texas, July 12, 1913 - and died in Dec 1986 in Louisiana. He was a member of the University of Texas Light Opera Company. Otto married Belle Louise Bollinger and Belle was born March 19, 1917 and died in 1992 in Louisiana. They had three children in birth order: Richard Alan Holekamp born Nov. 26, 1939 in Lake Charles, LA-died in 2004; Mary Elizabeth Holekamp born July 30, 1944 who married Gary M. Geurin in 1969 in Harris County, TX; Henrietta Bollinger Holekamp born Aug. 11, 1949 married in 1968 to William Watson Amaral in Harris County, Texas.

In 1965, Otto was a member of a team of six geophysicist who toured for three weeks the petroleum geophysics activities in the U. S. S. R. The abstract of that report: “ Six American geophysicists spent three weeks in the U.S.S.R. during the early fall of 1965 as members of an exchange delegation in petroleum geophysics set up under the terms of a treaty on technical exchanges between the U. S. and the U.S.S.R. The group visited eleven different activities located in four cities, Moscow, Oktyabr’skiy, Krasnodar, and Leningrad. These activities included a number of geophysical and geological research institutes, the Moscow State University, and the Gubkin Institute. The principal difference between exploration geophysics in the U.S.S.R. and in the Western countries is the great emphasis in Soviet oil exploration on regional studies as a preliminary to the more direct search for petroleum deposits. As a result of such emphasis, their exploration program involves much greater use than ours of long refraction lines, electrical prospecting, and aeromagnetic surveys with close line spacing. Reflection work follows conventional lines without such recent refinements as common depth point shooting, impact sources, or vibrators. A possible reason these newer field techniques are not used is that no processing equipment appears to be generally available for compositing signals from more than one tape on to a single channel. Seismic shear waves generated at the surface have given reflections from depths as great as 5,000 ft but they have thus far been used only on an experimental basis. A technique of recording “exchange” (PS) waves from earthquakes has been employed for mapping basement depths in regional investigations.”

Ref: Keller, G., Caldwell, R., Dobrin, M., Holekamp, O., White, J., and Zietz, I. (1966). ”TOUR OF PETROLEUM GEOPHYSICS ACTIVITIES IN THE U.S.S.R..” GEOPHYSICS, 31(3), 630–637.

17. Alexander M. Mood in 1979 received the Samuel S. Wilks Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to statistics.
"For his many significant contributions to the theory of statistics, an outstanding textbook on the subject, his extensive applications to operations and systems analysis, and unique statistical assessments of education and public policy research.”

31. Lawrence Brown. Picture at right of 1929 Engineers’ Graduate Club has Lawrence Brown.











35. Robert Greenwood,







34. Alfred Henry Kettler (1912-94)

Alfred Henry Kettler was born to Herman Wihelm and Mary Kunst Kettler in Clifton, Bosque County, Texas, on July 3, 1912. His parents were farmers. Wilhelm Herman **KETTLER was born on 16 Oct 1885 in Robinson, McLennen County, Texas. He died on 9 January 1939 in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas. He was buried in Rowena, Runnels County, Texas.

Alfred Henry Kettler married Martha Fauntleroy Harwood(1917-82) on Aug. 1, 1939. Martha, shown at left, attended University of Texas. Announcement of coming marriage in the San Antoinio Express, July 30, 1939, is shown at right. Martha Fauntleroy Harwood was born in Gonzales, Texas, May 20, 1917.

Alfred earned a MA in 1937 from UT.

In 1938 Alfred H. Kettler received the Whiting fellowship at Harvard.

Kettler, Alfred Henry, Manager Special Devices,. Engineering Section, RCA Bldg., 13-5,


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