John Minor was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Aug. 19, 1939, and died in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Oct. 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, William S. Minor Jr. and Irene Schiller Minor, and a brother William S. Minor III. He is survived by two brothers, Joseph E. of Rockport, Texas, and Robert R. of Corpus Christi; nephews Joseph Minor Jr. of Hamilton, Ontario, and William Charles Minor of Seabrook, Texas; nieces Carolyn Minor Harl of Corpus Christi, and Sharon Diane Calvin of Cohasset, Massachusetts, and seven grandnephews/nieces.
John Minor attended school in Galveston and Corpus Christi, graduating from W.B. Ray High School in 1957. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1961, a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. from Rice University, all in civil engineering. He served in the U.S.Army Medical Service Corps as a commissioned officer and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers before joining the faculty of Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University in 1970, where he retired as a professor. He authored a book and many papers on bridge inspection, and lectured nationally on bridge inspection protocols. He pioneered the inspection and testing of major bridges in cooperation with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and directed inspections of the bridge over the Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico 1993-96.
John Minor was a registered professional engineer in New Mexico and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (President, New Mexico Section), National Society of Professional Engineers, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, and the Transportation Research Board. He was awarded the Ingeniero Veterno De Nuevo Mexico, Lifetime Service Award, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers and the Bromilow Award for Research, College of Engineering, 1983.
Memorials are suggested to his friends’ charity of choice.