Alfred Petrick Jr. (1926 - 2018)

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Alfred Petrick Jr., a longtime resident of Evergreen, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018, at the age of 91. Al will be remembered fondly for his enthusiasm for life, his dedication to his family and his sense of humor.
Al lived a long and adventurous life. He was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., to Alfred and Ruth Petrick Sr. He joined the Army after graduating from high school in 1945 and served as an aerial photographer flying reconnaissance over the Pacific.
After his service, he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Columbia University. In 1954, he packed all he owned in a Jeep and headed west looking for work as a mining engineer. He found it in Colorado doing uranium exploration for the Atomic Energy Commission.
He loved the mountains and spent the rest of his life here. It was in 1954 that he met his wife-to-be on an airplane, shared his Scotch shortbread cookies with her and fell in love. He married Ruth Goodridge in 1956, and they moved into a tiny house in Grand Junction, where Al immediately added plumbing and a second room for the arrival of their daughter, Betsy.
Shortly after her birth, Al took a job in British Guiana (now Guyana) in a jungle mining camp. The family lived there for two years before returning to the states. In 1963, the family moved to Evergreen, and Andy was born.
Al was the first in his family to attend college, but he didn't stop with one degree. He earned a master's of science in mining engineering from Columbia University in 1962, an MBA from the University of Denver in 1966 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado in 1969.
He served as professor emeritus at Colorado School of Mines in the Mineral Economics Department until his retirement in 1984. During this time, he held the Coulter Professor Chair, an honorary position with research and travel funding.
He was a longtime member of AIME (American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers) and served as chairman in 1977. He received a commendation for his accomplishments at the School of Mines from Gov. Roy Romer in 1994.
He started his own consulting business, Petrick Associates, which allowed him to travel around the world giving courses in mining engineering. He took his family on all these adventures to Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Thailand and Indonesia. He won a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1985.
Al found time to play as well. He and Ruth loved camping and hiking, and tried boats of all kinds from a 19-foot sailboat to a raft, canoe and kayaks. Al was a photographer almost from birth, and photographed every occasion and adventure over the years. He was a member of Alpine Rescue Team for many years.
Al was a family man who took great pleasure in being with his wife, children and grandchildren. He had an adventurous spirit, a great sense of humor and boundless imagination. While a quiet person on the surface, he had a big heart and felt things deeply. He expressed his love through action, but more often in words as he reached the end of his life. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him.
Al is survived by his wife Ruth; his children Betsy and Andy and their spouses; grandchildren Haylie, Leslie and Will; and nieces, nephews and in-laws.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Church of the Hills in Evergreen. Friends who wish to give a gift in his name are directed to donate to the Alpine Rescue Team at its website: www.alpinerescueteam
.org/support/donate/. Include a note stating the donation is "In memory of Alfred Petrick."

Published in Canyon Courier on Feb. 28, 2018
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