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April 24,2017

2017 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees Falkie, Harris, McKelvey, Parker

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) today announced the 2017 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees.  This year’s inductees, selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, represent exploration and extraction of new frontiers, environmental stewardship, leadership in formulating U.S. mineral policy, education, and research and development, including the use of computers in planning, designing, and managing mineral industry operations.  The contributions of these individuals have undoubtedly had a significant and lasting impact on the mineral and mining industry; these individuals were selected for being visionary leaders, innovators, authors, pioneers in corporate social responsibility, and long-standing advocates for the U.S. mining industry.

Dr. Thomas V. Falkie – In a career spanning six decades, Tom Falkie’s accomplishments in industry, academia, government, and professional societies demonstrate a pattern of integrity and sustained excellence. His gravitas and management style left highly favorable impressions in every position he held. He was the Chairman and President of Berwind Natural Resources Corporation; President of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME); President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers (AIME); Director of the United States Bureau of Mines (USBM) and Head of the Department of Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He played major leadership roles in the American Mining Congress, National Coal Association, Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, and the National Mining Association. He served on the Board of Directors of Foote Minerals and Cyprus-Amax, and was very active in the National Academy of Engineering, the SME Foundation, and the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.


Leonard Harris – A highly-regarded metallurgist and business executive, Leonard (Len) Harris may be most remembered for the heart he has for the people whose lives were touched by his career. For more than six decades Len has been a true pioneer in corporate social responsibility, leading companies to understand that doing the right thing for the local people is also the best path to business success. After an early career in Australia, Len moved to Peru in 1955 to join Cerro de Pasco Corporation, owner of a mine with one of the most complex metallurgical operations in the world. Len was quickly promoted through multiple positions and was ultimately named Director of Metallurgy. Len was later named President and General Manager Newmont Peru and Vice President and General Manager Newmont Latin America. Since his retirement in 1995, he has served on dozens of mining company boards, held leadership positions in many mining societies, and received numerous prestigious awards.


Vincent E. McKelvey – Vincent Ellis McKelvey was among the preeminent authorities on deep-sea mineral deposits. His diverse accomplishments range from conceptual to the practical, including development of a new framework for the assessment of mineral resources and an improved understanding of the mineral potential of the ocean floor. His leadership and vision as the Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) provided the scientific basis for advancing the exploration capacity of the mining industry on a global scale. Vince McKelvey was visionary in the USGS’s efforts to make scientific information more practical and accessible.  McKelvey broadened USGS efforts into environmental issues, land-use planning, water quality/hydrologic characterization, geohazard assessment, mineral resource discovery, and improved scientific tools and techniques for exploration and assessment.


Gordon R. Parker – As the Chairman and CEO of Newmont Mining Corporation, Gordon R. Parker, maneuvered through hostile takeover events and played a pivotal leadership role in preserving Newmont’s independence. He led the restructuring of the company from a diversified mining house to a major gold producer. He was devoted to the protection of corporate assets and preserving shareholders’ interests. Parker played a leading role in the creation of the World Gold Council and served as Founding Chairman. His concern for an equitable resolution of Federal laws governing mineral exploration and mining extraction and their impact on the wellbeing of the U.S. mining industry led to the creation of the Mineral Alliance, of which he became Chairman. Parker served as Vice Chairman and was instrumental in revitalizing the American Mining Congress, now known as the National Mining Association. Parker was Chairman of the Western Regional Council and the Nevada Mining Association and he was a Founder of the National Mining Hall of Fame.

Commenting on this year’s inductees, NMHFM Board of Directors Chairman Frank McAllister said, “We are delighted to honor those selected for induction this year into the National Mining Hall of Fame.  Their contributions to the mining industry are immense, their legacies wide-ranging and their profiles exhibit the diversity of talents necessary in our great industry.”  Dr. Thomas V. Falkie, Leonard Harris, Dr. Vincent E. McKelvey, and Gordon R. Parker will join 236 other mining industry luminaries when formally inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame on Sept. 23, 2017.  The 30th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held at the Pinnacle Club, Grand Hyatt in Denver, CO.

For details about the induction banquet visit or contact Francine Webber, Events Manager, at 719-486-1229 or Email:



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