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Richard Gray

Richard Gray


While working toward his bachelor’s degree at Michigan Tech, he spent one summer as a roughneck on oil drilling rigs on the north slope of Alaska; he must have liked it, because he has spent most of his career in the oil business, but not as a roughneck. After graduating from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1982, he took a job with Amoco Production Company, which led him from Hobbs, NM to . . .

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Peter Hermiston

Peter Hermiston


Peter began his career at E.J. Longyear in Minneapolis working mainly on projects in the Western United States. He then served as a mine geologist for two mining companies in Canada until 1971 when he opened his own contracting business in the Red Lake Mining District. He closed his contracting business in 1992 and is now a consulting engineer.

Peter served as Reeve (Mayor) of Cochenour Township for several years. He is an avid traveler and fisherman. He . . .

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Robert C. Weed

Robert C. Weed


Retired President, Natural Resources Group
Senior Corporate Vice President, Anaconda Company

Robert Weed received a BS in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1942. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1942-46, rising to the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Silver Star by General Patton in 1943 for gallantry in action at the Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, North Africa.

He joined the Anaconda Company in 1946, where he worked as a . . .

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Hilary G. Dussing

Hilary G. Dussing


Hilary graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1979. She immediately joined Tenneco Oil Company in Denver as a petrophysicist. After four years, she moved to Union Pacific Resources in Denver, where she worked as an exploration coordinator and as a team leader for offshore development, and eventually became general manager of their western region for all exploration, production, and transportation.

In 1999 she moved to Tom Brown Inc, as Vice President of . . .

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Walfrid Been

Walfrid Been


Retired Professor & Head, Mining Engineering Dept., Michigan Technological University

The late Walfrid (Wally) Been received a BS in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology in 1928. During his college years, he was involved in Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Rho Fraternity, Student Council, Inter-Fraternity Council, and the Mining Club, and was also president of his senior class.
Wally started his diverse career in 1928 when he went to work for the Copper Range Company in Painesdale, MI as . . .