The 2002 Ben F. Dickerson Award
Awarded To: Russell C. Babcock
In recognition for professionalism and contributions to the mining industry.
Russell C. Babcock received a B. S. degree from Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1957 and an M. S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1959. He joined Kennecott's exploration subsidiary, Bear Creek Mining Company, part time in 1956 and full time in 1959 as an exploration geologist. Mr. Babcock's early career involved work in the Lake Superior area, Washington State, and Missouri, and managing projects in Alaska and Minnesota. He established exploration projects for Kennecott in New Zealand in 1968 and in Eastern Australia in 1972. In 1974 he returned to the United States, becoming Exploration Manager for Bear Creek in Spokane, Washington. In this capacity he managed exploration in a large part of the western U. S., Alaska, and Canada. In 1981 and 1984 he moved, respectively, to Anchorage, Alaska, and Toronto, Canada, to reactivate exploration programs in these areas. Babcock was appointed Director of Exploration for Kennecott in Salt Lake City in January, 1986. In November, 1990, he became Chief Geologist for Kennecott.
Mr. Babcock participated in many of the base metal and gold discoveries made by Kennecott. He was involved with the discovery of Mississippi Valley-type lead deposits in Missouri, copper-nickel deposits in Minnesota, massive sulfide deposits in Alaska and Wisconsin, and porphyry copper-molybdenum deposits in Washington and Arizona, playing a key role in several of these discoveries. He has also completed significant work on stratiform copper, Irish base metal, and Sedex-type lead-zinc deposits. He initiated the company's gold exploration program in 1980, and was instrumental in the acquisition and discovery of the Rawhide, Nevada, and Barneys Canyon, Utah, deposits.
Mr. Babcock has worked extensively in the public sector with state and federal agencies regarding the laws and regulations governing mining, land use, taxation, and similar issues, including the advocacy of the industry position in Washington, D. C. He is a Past President of the Northwest Mining Association. Mr. Babcock is currently a member of several national professional societies, including the Society of Economic Geologists.
Mr. Babcock retired from Kennecott in 1994 and is currently a consulting economic geologist, specializing in exploration for and evaluation of base and precious metal deposits worldwide. Mr. Babcock is a director of Centram Exploration Ltd., a junior minerals exploration company listed on the CDNX, and has played an important roll in the development of Centram’s new porphyry copper-gold discovery at Los Lirios in Honduras.
The Ben F. Dickerson, III Award, established in 1987, recognizes professionalism and contributions to the mining industry.