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Edward S. Frohling

2004 Medal of Merit Recipient

Edward S. Frohling was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1924 and served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Europe during World War II. He received his B.S. in Metallurgy in 1948 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and then started work with the Atomic Energy Commission as a Research Engineer. In 1949, he joined the Climax Molybdenum Company as a Plant Metallurgist. In 1951, he joined Western Machinery Company, Birmingham, Alabama, as a Field Sales Engineer and advanced to Regional Sales Manager by 1962. In 1962, he joined the Parsons-Jurden Corporation as Vice President and Manager of Business Development Mining and Metallurgy Division.

In 1969, he formed and became President of Mountain States Mineral Enterprises, Inc. (MSME), a major U.S. engineering-construction firm serving the mining industry. He and his company have been recognized with cover stories in three national magazines, and he is a frequent spokesman on behalf of the mining industry. Under his leadership, MSME was instrumental in installations of processing facilities in copper, molybdenum, uranium, gold, etc., throughout the world and especially in Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Yugoslavia, and the U.S.A. In its August 1976 issue, Tucson Magazine designated him “Industrialist of the Year”.

Many of his professional accomplishments and volunteer activities have been honored. He received the 1982 “Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal” award of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). He was awarded the 1975 “Distinguished Citizen Award” of the College of Mines and Alumni Association of the University of Arizona. He was named a “Distinguished Member” for 1979 by the Society of Mining Engineers of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. He was named 1975 “Man of the Year” by the Tucson Advertising Club and was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to the Advisory Committee on Mining and Research. He was a member of the Tucson Airport Authority and was on the Industrial Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Public Administration. He was on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Arizona Association of Industries. He was 1983 National President of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Washington, D.C., and was a Governor of the American Mining Congress Manufacturers Division. Frohling was a member of the Society of Mining & Metallurgical Engineers (Past Director), Tucson Country Club, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Old Pueblo Club, University Club of New York, and MIT Club of Tucson.


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