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Induction Banquet News


The 26th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Colorado.

Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate the Achievements of the Mining Industry's Greatest Contributors and another successful year at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum at this signature event!

2013 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees

Charles F. Barber (1917 - 2012)

Charles F. Barber was a top executive at leading U.S. metals producer ASARCO from 1956 to 1982. During his tenure, Asarco responded successfully to the demanding requirements of new environmental legislation in the United States and to changing concepts of foreign investment in mining, especially in Latin America.

Dr. Donald W. Gentry (1943 - 2012)

Dr. Donald W. Gentry’s career took him from being a working mining engineer, to renowned mining educator, to President and CEO of a mining company. As an educator, he had a positive impact upon hundreds, if not thousands, of new mining engineers and many others who took his short courses in mine economics.

Patrick H. O’Neill (1915 - )

During his years in South America, Patrick O’Neill did everything from supervising operations of 15-bucket ladder gold dredges to becoming President of International Mining Corporation. As an executive, he emphasized provision of education and training to local people working at mine sites for which he had responsibility.

Milton H. Ward (1932 - 2011)

Milt Ward’s experience covered the world and spectrum of metals, minerals, and ores, ranging from A to Z (Antimony to Zinc and Australia to Zambia). He was President, Chairman and CEO of Cypress Amax Minerals from 1992 to 1999, and he was President and COO of Freeport-McMoRan from 1983 to 1992, during which time he was instrumental in developing Freeport’s world-class Indonesian operations.

David A. Zegeer (1922 - 2012)

Dave Zegeer dedicated his mining career to protecting the health and safety of miners as a corporate executive, head of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and community leader. His tenure at MSHA coincided with a period of remarkable progress in U.S. mining safety.

2013 Gary Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award Recipient

Nevada Mining Association

The Nevada Mining Association has focused on educating Nevadans on the importance of minerals and mining for more than 100 years. The Nevada Mining Association Education Committee is at the heart of those efforts. The Committee puts a face on the industry at events throughout the year, culminating with educator workshops in both northern and southern Nevada. Hundreds of teachers attend the three-day events, which feature courses including the economics of mining, geology, energy, extraction and reclamation. Guest speakers and field trips to active mines and geologic sites help round out the syllabus of the workshops, where the teachers receive their choice of University or Nevada State Teacher Credits, which can be used towards their recertification of teaching credentials.

2013 Keynote Speaker

Dr. M.W. Scoggins, President of Colorado School of Mines

Dr. M. W. Scoggins was appointed the Colorado School of Mines’ 16th president in 2006. He also serves as a Research Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering. Prior to coming to Mines, Dr. Scoggins had over 34 years of experience in the global oil and gas business with Mobil and ExxonMobil.

Dr. Scoggins received his undergraduate education at the University of Tulsa, where he was in the Petroleum Engineering honors program and was a member of Tau Beta Pi. He received his Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and returned to the University of Tulsa for his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering.

Dr. Scoggins began has career with Mobil in 1970 and had assignments throughout the United States, as well as in The Hague, Jakarta, Indonesia and London. He was president of International E & P and Global Exploration and a member of the executive committee of Mobil Oil prior to its merger with Exxon in late 1999.

Following the merger, he served as executive vice president of ExxonMobil Production Company until his retirement in 2004. Dr. Scoggins was elected to the University of Tulsa Board of Trustees in 2005 and served on the executive committee; the finance, investment and audit committee; and the faculty and curriculum committee until accepting the presidency at Mines. Dr. Scoggins was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame in 1998.

Dr. Scoggins serves on the Board of Directors for QEP Resources, a natural gas and oil exploration and production company; Cobalt International Energy, an independent oil exploration and production company focusing on deep water Gulf of Mexico and offshore west Africa; and Laredo Petroleum, an independent energy company focused on the exploration, development and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties in the Permian and Mid-Continent regions of the U.S.

The 2013 National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held September 14th, 2013 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO.

If you would like information or have questions about the Induction Banquet or the National Mining Hall of Fame, please call the museum at 719-486-1229 or email


to the 2013 National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet event Sponsors for their generous contributions

BNSF - Invitations
Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company – Photography Sponsor
Royal Gold, Inc. - Keynote Sponsor
Hecla Gold Mining in honor of Patrick O'Neill– Table Sponsor
Ward Famil in honor of Milt Ward– Table Sponsor
Barber Family in honor of Charles Barber – Sponsor
Safety Solutions - Badge Holder
Colorado Mining Association – Centerpiece Sponsor

If you would like more information regarding sponsorships for the 2014 National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet please contact the Museum at or 719-486-1229.

For information about nominating someone for induction to The National Mining Hall of Fame, please click on "Hall of Fame" then "About the Hall of Fame".


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