Elected in 1994
“For leadership in developing, building, and operating major
mineral production facilities in remote and challenging environments.”
BY JEFF WARD AND TERRY MCNULTY
MILTON “MILT” HAWKINS WARD, a prominent mining engineer and corporate leader, died on October 13, 2011, at age 79.
Dad came from a very poor family. We have photos of him in school with no shoes. As a child, he was often cold; therefore, our home and his offices were always warm. Scouting had the single most important impact on Dad’s early life. At 14 my father left scouting and started working full time at a service station, changing tires, working on cars, and driving a tow truck. In college he worked for a mining professor, who became a mentor, and at a chemical company.
Dad enjoyed tennis and, later in life, golf, but his passion was running a large mining organization. He loved the challenge of implementing management systems and the process of solving operational problems.