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Publications > Dateline Houston > May 2003 > Chapter News

Volume 42, Issue 9

May 2003

Chapter News

In Memoriam–Milton W. Crusius


Milton W. (Milt) Crusius was born May 9, 1922, in Mobile, Alabama, and died on April 15, 2003. He joined STC in 1971. At that time, he was a newcomer to technical writing, having joined Exxon's Documentation Group in July 1970. Sandra Coulter, his editor at Exxon, recruited Milt into the Society. A U.S. Navy veteran, Milt was a crewman aboard the fleet flagship U.S.S. Pennsylvania at Pearl Harbor in December 1941. He left the Navy in late 1946 to attend The University of Texas at Austin and received a B.S. in geology in 1949. Milt worked as a geophysical interpreter (subsurface mapper) for 20 years in the Texas Gulf Coast area, in South Africa, and in Oklahoma. In 1963, Milt co-authored a guidebook titled Geology of El Rancho Cima for use by Boy Scouts in earning the geology merit badge. In 1968-69, his biographical sketch appeared in Leaders in American Science; in 1977-78, he was included in Who's Who in the South and Southwest. Milt's hobbies were rock hunting, gardening (especially roses), oil painting, fishing, and amateur photography.

Milt's STC contributions began as art chairman for the 1972 seminar. In 1973, he was chapter publicity manager and managed the industrial exhibits committee for the 20th Annual ITCC Conference. In 1973, he was elected vice chairman. He served as chapter president 1974-75. In 1975-76, Milt was a director and also newsletter editor. He continued as a contributing editor of the newsletter through 1978. When Milt became newsletter managing editor, he reintroduced member biographies, which had been been published briefly during 1967-68. The chapter continued to provide member biographies through 1985. Milt received the chapter Shoulder of Giants award (similar to today's Distinguished Chapter Service Award) in May 1977.

If you have any memories of Milt that you would like to share, please contact Deborah Silvi, chapter historian, at

May Program Meeting

Conference Preview

The STC 50th Annual Conference takes place from May 18-21 in Dallas. To help speakers from our chapter get ready for the excited throngs of technical communicators, we've asked some of them to give us a preview of their conference sessions.

Ann Jennings, Paul Mueller, and George Slaughter have signed on to give you these previews. Each of them will give a two- to five-minute summary of their conference session. After each summary, we'll open the floor for your questions. Use this opportunity to clarify muddy points, delve into mentioned points, and propose additional points.

For more information about this session, send your questions to Cindy Pao, director of programs, at, or take a look at the chapter's web site at

Raffle changes!

Starting this month, raffle tickets will be sold separately from the meeting registration. Tickets are now sold on a cash-only basis, so please be prepared! Look for the table inside the meeting room, where you can see the prizes and purchase tickets. Proceeds benefit the Marx Isaacs Student Scholarship Fund.

Send your questions to Cindy Pao at


Hilton Houston Westchase and Towers
9999 Westheimer Road


Tuesday, May 13


5:30 p.m. networking (hors d’oeuvres)
6:20 p.m. announcements
6:30 p.m. program


$10 (members)
$13 (nonmembers)
$3 (student and unemployed members)
$6 (student non-members)


A drawing for various prizes is held at the end of each general meeting. Proceeds benefit the Marx Isaacs Student Scholarship Fund.

Photos from the April Program Meeting



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