An evening with Patrick O'Neill June 1

Please join us as we honor UAF Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Patrick H. O'Neill at the UAF Summer Sessions Legacy Series on Monday, June 1 at 7pm in the Murie Building Auditorum on the UAF campus (near the UA Museum of the North). This is a free event.

Patrick O'Neill

Dr. O'Neill has set a classic example of the leadership and work ethic that has made America's mining industry the world leader in technically sound, environmentally and socially correct, and economical mineral production that sets the standards for mining worldwide, according to Paul C. Jones, the National Mining Hall of Fame Board Chairman.

Patrick O'Neill was born and raised in Cordova, and began his career at the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, receiving three degrees from the University of Alaska, including an honorary doctorate in recognition of his professional achievements and service to the university. As he prepares to celebrate his 100th birthday this summer, O'Neill credits his success to Dr. Charles Bunnell for giving him the opportunity to pursue higher education. This almost lifetime miner followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who had been a part of the famous great Alaska Klondike gold rush.

His mining career started at the US Smelting, Refining and Mining Company out of Fairbanks. He went on to develop mines throughout the world, including one in Columbia, South America, where he revitalized a failing mining operation, eventually becoming president of the International Mining Corp. It was here that he became an outspoken advocate for corporate policies that struck the right balance between profitability, social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Over the years he would go on to serve a president, chairman or director of The Fresnillo Co., Zemex Corp, Placer Development, Moly Corp, Rosario Resources and others. In 2013 O'Neill was inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame for his lifetime of leadership in the mining industry.

Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company recently named their scholarship at UAF after Patrick H. O'Neill to provide funds to recruit students interested in the mining industry.