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Lloyal Bacon

Lloyal Bacon

Lloyal Bacon was born in Haaken County, SD where his parents were homesteaders. At an early age he moved to Minnesota where he grew up on a farm. He went to the University of Minnesota where he got a BS in geological engineering in 1941. He then married Elaine and joined the Navy and served as a physicist in the Bureau of Ordinance. After the Navy he returned to Minnesota to work with the Bureau of . . .

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Richard Gray

Richard Gray

'82

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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Suzanne Beske-Diehl

Suzanne Beske-Diehl

Sue started her academic career in Anthropology receiving her BA degree in 1967 from the University of Minnesota. She soon discovered her love and interest in Earth processes and in 1972 earned an MS in Geology from Western Washington University and a PhD in Geology with a concentration in Geophysics from The University of Wyoming in 1977. After graduating, Sue spent two years as a post-doc researcher at the University of Minnesota. In 1979, Sue and . . .

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David R. Nelson

David R. Nelson

'79

Dave began his professional career with Tenneco as a Geological Engineer. His responsibilities included prospect generation and petrophysical analysis of their Arkoma Basin holdings in Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 1983, he moved to Petro-Lewis Corporation in Denver, Colorado where he directed the company's development of producing properties in Northeastern Oklahoma. During the petroleum price downturns in the mid 1980's, Dave shifted his attention to investment banking, while using his geological and petroleum knowledge.

In 1991, Dave joined . . .

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Richard R. Smith

Richard R. Smith

'51, '50, '49

Richard Smith earned a BS in Mining Engineering in 1949, a BS in Metallurgical Engineering in 1950, and a MS in Mining Engineering in 1951 from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology. He is also a graduate of the executive program of Sloan Management School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1951, Richard began his career as a metallurgist with the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. In 1959, he joined Hanna Mining Company, which began a distinguished . . .