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CAMBRIDGE -- Robert A. Stonerock, instructor for the Oil and Gas Engineering Technology program at The Willett-Pratt Training Center on the Zane State College campus in Cambridge, said this year’s graduating class is the “cream of the crop.”
Stonerock retired from his position at the college after the May 7 graduation exercises. He said after four years as an instructor at the college he is “going to shake hands with his students and then it’s on to greener pastures ... To a new chapter in my life.” He is going home to Nashport.
Stonerock stands in front of the geologic rock column, built as a capstone project last year under the guidance of OGET instructors, Robert Stonerock and Paul Pasley. The structure was “Bob’s baby,” according to students.
“We have rock from formations that are more than 360 million years old,” said Stonerock. “The foundation of this column is 540 million-year-old granite. The next several layers — bottom layer to top layer — are Trenton limestone, Utica shale, Clinton sandstone, Marcellus shale and Berea sandstone. The date and project name will be cemented on the side of the structure that faces the Paul Brown EPIC Center across the road.
“The geological rock column is dedicated to the oil and gas geological formations in Ohio, the gateway to the shale fields in eastern Ohio, and to gas and oil,” said Stonerock.
Stonerock has had an interesting career, before “riding off into the sunset.”
He joined the U.S. Army in June of 1975, committing to the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N. Car. where he was a paratrooper. He was discharged as a Sargent E-5.
In 1984, he transferred as UH-1H merchanic to on-the-job training as a 67N on the UH-1H helicopter. In 1985, he enlisted in the Ohio Military Academy, OSC Leadership program. From 1985-1988, he was stationed with the Ohio Air Reserve National Guard, Company B, where he trained rifle platoon on infantry tactics. May 1988 he was a mortar platoon leader for fire support operations. From 1990-1992, he was an executive officer monitoring logistical activities for the company. Also substituting for the company commander. From 1992-1994, he was a company commander of a 250 soldier unit.
Military awards include basic Jump Wings, Expert Infantry badge, Good Conduct Medal.
Robert earned an Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources Conservation in 1981 from Muskingum Area Technical College; a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio University, and Norwich University in Vermont.
He is Master of Arts candidate at Ohio University.
He is a certified PEC Safeland instructor.
He was an instructor at Zane State College in the Oil and Gas Engineering Technology Program, from 2012 to 2016, and a class advisor for the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
In his spare time he is national historian for the 82nd Airborne Division Association, director of the 504 PIR Association, and treasurer of the Muskingum County Sheep Association.
He enjoys kayaking, gardening and raising Texel sheep.