Harry M. Conger III
1990 Inductee into American Mining Hall of Fame
Harry M. Conger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Homestake Mining Company, began his career as a mining engineer and shift boss for ASARCO in Arizona, after earning a degree in mining engineering in 1955 from the Colorado School of Mines. He joined Kaiser Steel Corporation in 1964 and became manager of the mine at Eagle Mountain California. In 1970, he moved to Fernie, British Columbia, as Vice President and General Manager of Kaiser Resources Limited. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Conger was Vice President and General Manager of the Midwestern Division of Consolidated Coal Company in Illinois.
He began his career with Homestake in 1975 as Vice President and General Manager of the Base Metals Division. He was elected President and Member of the Board of Directors in 1977, Chief Executive Officer in 1978, and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1982. Mr. Conger also serves as a Director of ASA Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric Company of San Francisco, Baker Hughes Inc. of Houston, and CalMat Company of Los Angeles. He is also a Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and a member of the SRI Advisory Council in Menlo Park.
Mr. Conger is past Chairman of the American Mining Congress (1986-1989), past Chairman of the Western Regional Council, Distinguished Member of AIME, and Member of the National Academy of Engineering. Honors bestowed upon Mr. Conger include the “Charles F. Rand Memorial Award” in 1990 from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers, a “Distinguished Achievement Medal” by the Colorado School of Mines in 1978, and honorary doctorates from the South Dakota School of Mines and the Colorado School of Mines.