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January 3, 2005
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Donation Establishes New Tech Scholarship
A South Dakota Tech scholarship has been created in memory of the character
and values of Ivan and Doris Reynolds, Black Hills natives recognized for their
cattle ranching, community service and dedication to youth development.
The Ivan and Doris Reynolds Scholarship fund was established by their
daughter, Paula Reynolds Hix, with a cash gift to the SDSM&T Foundation. Ivan
graduated from Tech in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. His
daughter Paula graduated from Tech in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in
The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in engineering or
science who has earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average. The recipient is
eligible to receive the award a second year if they maintain a cumulative grade-point
average of at least 3.0.
Hix feels very strongly that the scholarship must be restricted to students from
South Dakota whose family farms or ranches to best reflect the character and
values of Hix’s parents. It would be considered beneficial if the student or
student’s parents are members of the South Dakota Stock Growers Association,
or the student has been involved in 4H and other student leadership roles. The
scholarship amount will be determined by the SDSM&T Foundation.
Ivan and Doris ranched near Rochford on land that was part of the original 1876
homestead of Ivan’s grandfather, Joseph Reynolds. In addition to raising
commercial beef cattle, they were involved in community projects, were officers
on local school boards and were active in 4H for 30 years. They were members
of the Black Hills Pioneer Society and the South Dakota Stock Growers
Throughout their lives, Ivan and Doris were champions of education. They
believed an education opened doors, built self esteem and provided the
underpinning for a productive and rewarding life. They believed that all people
cam achieve their goals through hard work and dedication. They provided the
example of the highest standards through their own lifestyle and
Ivan Reynolds was born in 1918 on the Reynolds Ranch. Doris Underwood was
born in 1918 on the Underwood Ranch near Hill City. They both attended Hill City
High School and graduated in 1936. Doris attended Spearfish Normal — now
Black Hills State University — and taught grade school at the Elk Mountain and
Red Fern schools. They were married in June 1940 and moved to Butte, Mont.,
where Ivan worked for the Kennecott Mining Company. In 1941, they moved to
Englewood, Calif., to work for Northrup. The city life was not for them, and in
1947 they returned to the Reynolds Ranch where they lived most of the
remainder of their lives dedicated to family, animals and the outdoors that they
loved so much.
Doris died in 1987. Ivan married Gladys Jensen in 1994, moved to Custer in
1998, and died in 2002.
Hix worked for the Shell Oil Companies for more than 20 years in various
worldwide exploration and production project roles and for more than nine years
with Enron oil and gas upstream companies. In 2002, she joined Chroma Energy
as executive vice president and has since been promoted to president. She is
currently involved in exploration and production consulting in Houston, Texas.
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