Dec '15/Jan '16

Obituaries

By Kate Sheridan

Over the past year, CIM has been notified of the passing of several valued members of our community. We have compiled their names below to remember their lives and accomplishments in the mining industry. Our thoughts are with their surviving family members and friends.

CIM past president Yves Harvey passed away on May 8, 2015, in Gatineau, Quebec. He was 65. He joined the institute in 1982 and served as CIM president from 1998 to 1999. He spent much of his career at la Société québécoise d’exploration minière (SOQUEM) as a geologist and, between 1991 and 2006, as director-general. He also became president of l’Association minière du Québec in 2007.

Alexandra Kozak passed away on Feb. 10, 2014, at her home in West Vancouver. She was a CIM member since 1986.

Robert S. Lipic, a CIM member since 1997 and the former CEO of Mining Technologies International, passed away July 4, 2015, at the age of 71.

Joseph Dwayne Plamondon passed away Jan. 5, 2015. He was 53 years old. He joined CIM in 1995 and was an active member until his death. He was director of mining for Workplace Safety North.

Joseph Jeffrey Sample passed away on Feb. 13, 2015. He was 73. He had been a life member of CIM since 2004. The Saskatchewan native travelled extensively during his 50-year career as a geologist, working in nearly every Canadian province as well as the United States, Ireland, England, Chile, and Morocco.

Michael Sanguinetti passed away on Nov. 12, 2014, at the age of 76. He joined CIM in 1966 and received his life membership in 2003. Sanguinetti was an active member of CIM until his death.

Hugh Taylor, inventor of the eponymous rule for mine life, passed away May 15, 2015, in Vancouver at the age of 98. He was a fellow of CIM and a life member since 1994. He received CIM’s Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award in 1982.

Weldon Thoburn passed away Nov. 18, 2014, at the age of 76. Thoburn joined CIM in 1967 and had been a life member since 2004. He was also elected fellow of the Metallurgical Society (today known as the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM) in 1998. He worked with several major mining companies over the course of his career during his time at Lavalin and Hatch.

Ralph Toombs, an Ottawa Branch member since 2009, passed away in Ottawa on Jan. 25, 2015. He was 96. He spent 33 years of his career as a senior energy advisor and policy analyst for the federal government’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. He also served in the Royal Canadian Engineers during the Second World War.

Jack Walli passed away on April 24, 2014, at the age of 87. He joined CIM in 1951 and was always passionate about mining engineering. Walli became a life member of CIM in 1989.
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