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General manager , officer , philanthropist , chairman of The Business Council , California businessman

Edmund Wattis Littlefield, American mining company executive. Recipient Ernest C. Arbuckle award Stanford Business School Association, 1970, Golden Beaver award, 1970, Building Industry Achievement award, 1972, Harvard Business Statesman award, 1974, International Achievement award World Trade Club, 1986, Lone Sailor award United States Naval Foundation, 1997; named to National Mining Hall of Fame.


Littlefield, Edmund Wattis was born on April 16, 1914 in Ogden, Utah, United States. Son of Edmond Arthur and Marguerite (Wattis) Littlefield.


Bachelor with great distinction, Stanford University, 1936. Master of Business Administration, Stanford University, 1938.


Littlefield started his business career as a water boy for the Utah Construction Company. During World War II he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and an analyst on petroleum supplies for the war effort. In 1951, Littlefield return to Utah Construction Company as the vice president of finance.

He became the general manager and principal officer of Utah Construction Company in 1958. Under his leadership, Utah Construction Company became the most profitable mining and land development company in the United States in the 1960s, and in 1976 merged with GE in the largest corporate merger at that time. The merger and subsequent appreciation of GE stock gave Littlefield ranking on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans with a net worth of $2.3 billion in 2001.

Littlefield served on the boards of some of the largest corporations in America, including GE, Bechtel Investment, Chrysler, Del Monte, Hewlett-Packard and Wells Fargo Bank. He served as Chairman of The Business Council in 1975 and 1976. As a philanthropist, Littlefield donated some money to help build the Edmund W. Littlefield Center, which houses the Stanford Business School faculty and classrooms.

Awards and Honors.


  • In 1997 the U.S. Navy Memorial awarded Littlefield its Lone Sailor Award for his naval service.


Served as lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1943. Special assistant to deputy administrator Petroleum Administration for War 1943-1945. Member San San Francisco Chamber of C. (president 1956), Business Council (honorary member, past chairman), Conference Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Chi Psi.

Clubs: Burlingame (California) Country. Pacific Union, San Francisco Golf (San Francisco). Augusta National Golf, Eldorado Country.

Bohemian, Cypress Point (Pebble Beach, California).


Married Jeannik Mequet, June 14, 1945. Children: Edmund Wattis, Jacques Mequet, Denise Renee.

Edmond Arthur Littlefield

Marguerite (Wattis) Littlefield

Jeannik Mequet

Edmund Wattis Littlefield

Jacques Mequet Littlefield

Denise Renee Littlefield