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Peggy Gorton

Peggy Gorton

Peggy is an honorary inductee into the Academy for her 25 years of devoted service to the Department of Mining Engineering at Michigan Tech. Between 1977 and 2002, Peggy made sure that generations of mining engineering students made their way to the graduation stage. Along with all her assigned duties, she also organized all of the Academy of Mining Engineering functions until it was merged with the Academy of Geological Engineering in 2002.

Peggy has been with the . . .

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Clyde D. Keith, Jr.

Clyde D. Keith Jr.


Clyde D. Keith, Jr. graduated in 1943 with a BS degree in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. While a student, he was a member of the Varsity Ski Club, the Dorm Club, and AIME.

Clyde went to work for Pickands Mather & Company after graduation, and remained with the company until he retired. From 1943 to 1951, he was a mining engineer at the Biwabik Mine and the Mahoning Mine in Minnesota. In . . .

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William J. Gregg

William J. Gregg

Inducted posthumously, William J. Gregg, Jr. was a good friend to many of us in the department. He was a long-time faculty member in this department, and died tragically in an accident at the Quincy Mine on the 6th of December 2008.

All four of Bill’s degrees were received from the State University of New York at Albany, at a time when that department was one of the premier geoscience departments in the country. His BS, MS, and PhD . . .

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Floyd H. Lee

Floyd H. Lee


Floyd Lee received his BS in Mining Engineering from Michigan Tech.

After graduation, he spent four years in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers in the Pacific. Prior to joining Hanna in 1949, he held mining engineering positions with the Oliver Iron Mining Company and in Bolivia. With Hanna, he held a series of positions in Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and finally Cleveland, where he retired. He was a member of AIME and the AMC.

He was honored with the Michigan Tech . . .

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Gerald VanVoorhis

Gerald VanVoorhis


Gerald Van Voorhis graduated with a BS in geophysical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1960 and was a geophysicist with the US Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1961 to 1964, when he returned to Tech for a masters in geophysics. Then he went to work for Bear Creek Mining Company (the Exploration division of Kennecott) as Chief of their Geophysical Research Division from 1964 to 1973. Eventually he became Vice President of Exploration at Kennecott from . . .