2010 Lenhart J.H. Grothe Resources award winner
Eskil Anderson '41
Eskil Anderson graduated from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks in 1941 with two bachelor of science degrees, in mining and geology and in geological engineering.
His work experience included underground mining for various companies, dredge engineer for the U. S. Smelting and Refining Company in Fairbanks, teacher of mining and geology courses at UAF, and exploration geologist for the Territorial Department of Mines in northern Alaska. In this position he walked as much as 150 miles at a time across mountains and tundra and traveled to offshore islands in Eskimo boats made of walrus skins.
In the mid-forties he became self-employed and with three partners acquired mining properties throughout Alaska. The best known was the gold properties held by the Little Squaw Gold Mining Company (now called The Goldrich Mining Company), where he was president from 1972 - 2002. He was a life member of The Northwest Mining Association where he served as president from 1966 - 1971, and he became the Alaska Mining Association’s fourth full time member in 1975. He has been a member of many professional mining organizations including 70 years of membership in the American Institute of Mining Engineers.