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As a young man of 19, Evans first served his country as a member of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army during World War II.  This specialized mountain warfare unit trained at Camp Hale, CO and claimed victories over German troops crucial to Italy’s liberation during World War II.  After the war, Evans attended the Colorado School of Mines earning an Engineer of Mines degree and joined the Army Reserves. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. After serving his country, Evans built a 36-year career from grassroots exploration to large-scale mining operations that have become some of the world’s largest producers. Highlights include the discovery of a substantial uranium deposit on the Colorado plateau for Pacific Uranium, leading their stock price to increase a hundred-fold; for Utah International, Evans demonstrated the presence of enough coal near Farmington, NM to justify building the Navajo Mine, Arizona Public Service Power Plant, and the Navajo Dam on the San Juan River; in Queensland, Australia, he led the development of the Blackwater Mine, one of the largest coal reserves in the world, and the town of Blackwater that grew from a rail stop to a community of 8000, launching Australia into the worldwide coal market; as Vice President of Coal Operations for the Atlantic Richfield Company, he was responsible for the design and development of Wyoming's Black Thunder Mine as well as the planning and construction of the town of Wright, WY; and, as Enoxy Coal President and CEO, Evans oversaw four joint venture mines with Island Creek Coal Company and Italian company, Italsider. Throughout his career, Evans was a builder of international relations and of wealth for nations by constructively working with people, money, and machinery to provide something that mankind needed. His leadership and engineering skills, along with a drive and excitement for his work, led to some of the largest coal mines in the world, yet he understood that no operation is about one person. He valued team effort and held a steadfast commitment to the people that worked for him. Evans served on the Colorado School of Mines Board of Directors and as Chair of its Research Institute. Committed to higher education, he and his wife, Ann, funded the Hugh W & Ann G Evans Endowment For Mining Engineering and the 10th Mountain Division scholarship.  


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