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Robert P. Matson

Robert P. Matson


Retired General Manager, Hanna Mining Company

Robert P. Matson earned a BS degree with honors in Mining Engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology (MCM&T) in 1949. While Bob was in school, he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, AIME, and an intramural basketball team.

Bob has followed in his family’s footsteps; his father taught in the mining and civil engineering departments from 1918 to 1950, and his grandfather worked in the Quincy Mine. Bob’s twin brother, Charles, also . . .

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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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James A. Fegan

James A. Fegan


Jim began his career in 1957 as a geologist at US Steel in Hibbing, Minnesota. Four years later, he began a 33 year career with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company rising through the ranks from geologist to operating engineer, pit superintendent, plant superintendent, and finally, general manager. During his tenure, he worked at the Humboldt, Republic, Tilden, and Empire Mines.

Currently, Jim is a self-employed senior consultant. Jim is very active in the community. He is an active member . . .

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George R. McGinn


George graduated from Sudbury Mining and Technical School in 1949 with an emphasis on geology and mining. Following this, he was hired by INCO to do surveying and diamond drilling and later promoted to a contract miner.

In 1955, George graduated from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. He then joined Mobil where he remained for over 36 years until his retirement in 1992. During his tenure with Mobil, George worked in Calgary, Edmonton, and Athabasca . . .

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John Beitzel

John Beitzel


After obtaining employment with Atlantic Richfield as a research geophysicist, John assumed positions with increasing responsibility. Eventually he became Vice President of Technology "with barely enough power (he claims) to prod the exploration portion of the company into the twentieth century with regard to computer applications." He then became Vice President of Exploration for the Eastern United States focusing primarily on the Gulf of Mexico Basin, on- and off-shore, where early goals were always exceeded.

John served on . . .