Sept/Oct 2012




Kenneth E. Eade became a member of CIM in 1952 and a life member in 1989. He died on February 10, 2011.

T. L. Horsley 
became a member of CIM in 1955 and a life member in 1990. He died in 2012.

Dr. Lisle Thomas Jory  
became a member of CIM in 1952 and a life member in 1989. He died on March 22, 2012.

Torstein Amfinn Utigard
 became a member of CIM in 1998. He died on April 11, 2012.

Christopher Gleeson
 became a member of CIM in 1969 and a life member in 2011. He died on May 19, 2012.

Theo Lehner 
became a member of CIM in 1985. He died on June 17, 2012.

Gordon French 
became  a member of CIM in 1970 and a life member of CIM in 1999. He died on July 3, 2012.




CIM staff extend our sincere condolences.  If you know of any CIM member who has recently passed away, send information to






Anthony (Tony) Banks 

Tony was a wonderful, loveable man.  He was my mentor the first time I was a consultant and remained a good friend always. He was a force in potash mining and (especially) processing. He was also a long-time and engaged member of CIM and received the CIM District Distinguished Services Award in 1977.

Tony was born and raised in Nelson, BC. He attended Queen’s University where he graduated in 1958 with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, and went on to earn a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in 1963.  Following graduation, Tony started working at Cominco in Kimberly, BC. He became involved in the Cominco Potash project in Saskatoon in 1968. In 1979, Tony started a new career with Kilborn Engineering, which later became SNC-Lavelin. 

Back when I was chair of the CIM Saskatoon Branch, it was with Tony’s enthusiastic support. I would like to share with you an example of Tony’s management style:  A few weeks after I started with Kilborn in Saskatoon, I collapsed in the office from blood loss from an ulcer I didn’t know I had.  Luckily, I was found on the bathroom floor because I had collapsed against the door and a friend had to push my person across the floor to get the door open.  After an ambulance ride to the hospital and two days of unstoppable bleeding, I had surgery on Christmas Eve. Tony arrived at my bedside on Boxing Day with a stack of about 10 of his favourite books for me to read.

Tony retired in 2000, but continued his career as an independent consultant. His expertise was sought after both locally and abroad, specifically for projects in England, Germany, India Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, the Middle East and the United States. 

He died on July 15, 2012.
Chuck Edwards, 

immediate past-president of CIM 

Dr. S. Ramachandra (Ram) Rao

I met Ram in early 1990 at the MetSoc board, where he was the chair of mineral science and engineering section, while I was chair of the MetSoc environment committee. I had the privilege of working with Ram to put together our first International Symposium in Waste Processing and Recycling in the Minerals and Metallurgical Industries, which took place in Edmonton in 1992. Ram’s strong leadership, sheer determination and tireless efforts were instrumental in the creation of a series of six symposia. MetSoc considers these symposia as among its most successful. Ram devoted himself to this series, becoming involved in all the symposia’s aspects and earned a reputation as a dedicated editor.

Ram was an active researcher in the advancement of environmental science and engineering, and a great advocate of green technologies. He made a major contribution in the field of resource recovery from mine effluents and advanced micro device streams, and published extensively in this area of research.

Ram was a very honest, principled and disciplined individual. He never hesitated to express his opinion in public, in board meetings or in question periods at conferences. He was very passionate about fairness and loathed injustice, and he had a great appreciation for people who worked hard. Ram went on to become a mentor of many students. 

He died on June 25, 2012.
Laxman (Lucky) Amaratunga, 
professor at Laurentian University 
and CIM member
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