Gordon L. Scofield | Local
FAST CITY | Gordon L. Scofield, 95, died on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at his residence under palliative care.
Gordon was born September 29, 1925 in Huron to Perry L. and Zella R. Scofield. He grew up and attended school in DeSmet. He married Nancy Cooney in East Chicago, Indiana on December 27, 1947. Gordon and Nancy were fortunate to have a daughter Cathy and a son Terrence.
Gordon participated in music and sports activities at DeSmet High School. He then attended and graduated from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering in 1946 as part of the US Navy program during World War II. After his release, he taught engineering courses for a year at South Dakota State University in Brookings, where the greatest miracle of his life happened when he met Nancy. Gordon and Nancy continued their studies in higher education at the University of Missouri at Rolla, the University of Oklahoma and Nancy at Michigan Technological University. Their studies culminated in each of them obtaining a doctorate, Gordon at the University of Oklahoma and Nancy the first woman to receive the doctorate in geology at Michigan Technological University. Obtaining their doctoral degrees was supported by the patience and encouragement of their children.
Gordon has been fortunate to hold several national positions related to Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Engineering Education and Engineering Education Accreditation. As a result of this activity, he was listed in several biographical references. In 1977, as President and First Lady of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Gordon and Nancy traveled extensively around the world as ambassadors for the Society of Automotive Engineers. Gordon has held teaching, research, and administrative positions at South Dakota State University, the University of Missouri at Rolla, Michigan Technological University, and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He has held teaching positions from graduate teaching assistant to professor emeritus. His administrative positions have included Head of Department, Dean of Engineering and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Many consulting contracts have added a dimension of balance to his professional life.