Ray Mines III, 74, of Las Cruces, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. He was born on July 22, 1938 in Seattle, Wash. to Ray Jr. and Elsie Mines. Ray received a Ph.D in mathematics from the University of Washington
in 1965 and relocated to Las Cruces to teach in the Department of Mathematics at New Mexico State University from 1965 until his retirement in 2002. His primary areas of research were Abelian group theory and related areas of abstract algebra and constructive mathematics. Additionally, he had academic interest in the mathematics in the writing of James Joyce. Through his career, Ray published numerous papers, collaborated with colleagues around the world, and taught at a number of academic institutions as visiting faculty. Ray had interests in many things, including swimming, running, classical and jazz music, and particularly photography, pursuing that as a primary interest after his retirement. Those left to mourn Ray's passing include his daughter, Dianna Mines and her wife, Tami Fraser of Tyngsboro, Mass.; his grandchildren Kyle, Jaylan, Shaun and Terryn Fraser-Mines, also of Tyngsboro; and his brother and sister-in-law, Mattison and Gillian Mines of Seattle.; and sister-in-law Maria Mines of Aurora, Colo. He was preceded in death by his brother Paull Mines. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation at www.michaeljfox.org
, The Asperger's Association of New England at aane.org
, or to the scholarship fund at New Wave Swim Club, PO Box 524, Lowell, MA 01853.