John "Duff" Erickson, retired member of the Board of Governors, was recognized at the 30th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, September 23rd, 2017.
Duff's association with the National Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) began when he was asked by Bob Reeder to join a group of mining people working to create a national mining hall of fame. He was involved in the search for a home for the museum which culminated in acquiring the old high school in Leadville, CO.
He has been an active member of the NMHFM for over 30 years, first as a member of the Board of Directors then as a member of the Board of Governors. He also served on the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award selection committee. Duff retired from the Board of Governors in late 2016.
Duff received his BS in Mining Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) in 1955. His fist job was with Kennecott Copper Corp. in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his 15 years at Kennecott he held various positions including Mine Planning Engineer and Truck Operations Superintendant. In 1964, he was sponsored by Kennecott to attend MIT, Sloan Masters Program. In 1970 he joined the Bouganville Copper Mine project as Mine Manager, then Assistant General Manager – Production.
In 1978, he was invited to return to SDSM&T as Head of the Mining Engineering Department. In addition to his position as the Mining Department Head, he was the SDSM&T Alumni Director for 14 years. Upon his retirement in 1998, he was named Professor Emeritus Mining Engineering.
Duff has been recognized by the Society of Mining Engineers as a Legion of Honor member.