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Charles Elmer Lawall

Charles Elmer Lawall, American engineer. Recipient Bituminous Coal Research award, 1957; Mineral Industry Education award, American Institute Mechanical Engineering, 1958; Percy Nicholls Award, 1962.


  • Lawall, Charles Elmer was born on November 21, 1891 in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles Elmer and Maria (Thomas) Lawall.

  • Education

    • Engineer of Mines, Lehigh University, 1914, Master of Science, 1921, Doctor of Laws, 1939. Doctor of Laws, Waynesburg College, 1939. Doctor of Science, Morris Harvey College, 1950.


    • 1 son, Charles Elmer. Testing engineer Pittsburgh Testing laboratories, 1914. Chemist New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton, Pennsylvania, 1915-1916.

      Mining engineer Peal Peacock & Kerr, St. Benedict, Pennsylvania, 1916-1917. Metallurgy department General Motors Company, Detroit, 1917. Mining engineer Bethlehem Steel Company, 1917-1918, research engineer, 1919-1921.

      Instructor Geology Department, Lehigh University, 1921. Became assistant professor West Virginia University, School of Mines, 1921, later professor and director to 1938. Acting president West Virginia University, 1938-1939, president, 1939-1945.

      Engineer coal properties, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company, Huntington, 1945-1947, assistant vice president, 1947-1956, vice president, 1956-1958. Chief engineer and vice president Western Pocahontas Corporation, Huntington, 1956. Coal consultant, 1958-1973.


    • Contributor numerous articles on coal mining to technical journals, bulletins, etc.


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member executive committee Engineers Council for Professional Development, 1949. Served in United States of America, France, 1918-1919. Member Veteran Council, West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (chairman coal div., 1940). Clubs: Mining (New York City).


    • Married Marjorie Berger, April 29, 1920.
    • father: Charles Elmer Lawall
    • mother: Maria (Thomas) Lawall
    • spouse: Marjorie Berger
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    Died April, 1973
    (aged 81)