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The 2007 Erskine Ramsay Medal Award  

Awarded To: Royce J. Watts

“For his dedication to the best interests of the coal mining industry, the university and its students, and a champion for the preservation of our mining heritage"
The Erskine Ramsay Medal is presented to Royce J. Watts "for his dedication to the best interests of the coal mining industry, the university and its students and a champion for the preservation of our mining heritage". Watts currently serves as the associate dean for administration of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. He has served in numerous administrative and teaching positions during his 48 years of service at WVU. He also served as secretary of the University Senate. In 2005, the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute endowed WVU's Mining and Petroleum and Natural Gas Museum, and requested that it be renamed The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum "for two individuals who have tirelessly supported its mission through both financial support and other resources on behalf of the museum for more than two decades." The purpose of the museum is to preserve and promote the social, cultural and technological history of the coal, oil and gas industries of the state of West Virginia through the collection, preservation, research and exhibition of tangible objects relevant to the industries. Watts has served as assistant secretary-treasurer or secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute for the past 26 years. Watts was recognized as a Distinguished West Virginia in 1997 by Gov. Cecil H. Underwood for his contributions to the continuing education of mining professionals. He is active in the Central Appalachian Section of SME. Watts combined a distinguished military career with his university appointment. He received 12 military awards, including the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United States. This award was given for his service with the Second Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict in 1951. He retired with the rank of colonel in 1989. Watts earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from West Virginia University. In addition to his administrative duties, he continues to teach at least one course in statistics each year.

About The Erskine Ramsay Medal Award:

The Ramsay Medal, established in 1948, and funded by AIME, recognizes distinguished achievement in coal mining, to include both bituminous coal and anthracite.


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