The 2004 Erskine Ramsay Medal Award
Awarded To: Fredrick D. Palmer
For his outstanding work in the legal and political arenas, as an advisor, operator and counsel, championing the efforts to ensure that decisions regarding the future of fossil energy are based upon sound science and economics.
Fredrick D. Palmer is Executive Vice President – Legal and External Affairs and Secretary, Peabody Energy, St. Louis, Mo., February 2001 – present.
He is responsible for the legal as well as state and federal government affairs functions of Peabody Energy.
Past Positions: Of Counsel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Washington, D.C., January 2001;General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Western Fuels Association, Inc., 1985 – 2000; General Counsel, Western Fuels Association, Inc. 1980-1985.
Education: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, 1966; Juris Doctorate with honors, 1969; Order of the Coif, 1969.
Activities: Member, California and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Formerly served as: Chairman, Environmental Information Council; President of the Board of Directors of Greening Earth Society; Board of Directors, National Mining Association and chaired its Legal Committee and Climate Change Task Force.
The Ramsay Medal, established in 1948, and funded by AIME, recognizes distinguished achievement in coal mining, to include both bituminous coal and anthracite.