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Charles Francis Willis

mining engineer , editor

Charles Francis Willis, American mining engineer, editor. Recipient Medallian of Honor, U. Arizona, 1960.


Willis, Charles Francis was born on August 18, 1885 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Frank Eugene and Elizabeth Ann (King) Willis.


Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1906. Engineer of Mines, New Mexico College of Mines, 1916.


First director Arizona Bureau Mines, Tucson, 1912. Consultant supervisior department industrial relations, Phelps Dodge Corporation, Bisbee, Arizona, 1918. Editor public The Mining Journal, 1920-1946 (Mining Journal then consolidated with Mining World).

Editorial writer Mining World since 1946. Was active in war work as state director 1st and 2d Young Men’s Christian Association drives, United War Work Drive, Armenian and Jewish Relief drives, Near East Relief. Was member Arizona Council of Defense and in charge war mineral production, World War I.

Consultant Metals Reserve Company, member Arizona War Manpower Commission, industry panel.


Member 10th Regional Labor Board, Arizona, director Committee on Economics Development, World World War World War II Chairman board of Governors, Arizona Department of Mineral Resources. Member National Minerals Advisory Council (chairman public lands committee). Member of national advisory council Small Business Administration.

Member American Institute Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (director Arizona Section). Clubs: Arizona, Phoenix, Kiwanis (former district governor S.W. District), Advertising (ex-president).


Married Helen Isabel Heckman, February 20, 1908. Children: Barbara Lee (Mistress.

Frank Eugene Willis

Elizabeth Ann (King) Willis

Helen Isabel Heckman

Barbara Lee (Mrs Willis