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Frank Wonson Wonson Luerssen

steel company executive

Frank LUERSSEN, business executive. A.I.M.E., American Society for Metals, Metallurgical Society, American Iron and Steel Institute, Association of Iron and Steel Engineers, National Academy, of Engineering, Society of Automotive Engineers, Metals Society (Great Britain), Visiting Committee, Northwestern University Technology Institute, W. Society of Engineers and of other societies and committees.


Luerssen, Frank Wonson was born on August 14, 1927 in Reading, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George V. and Mary Ann (Swoyer) Luerssen.


Bachelor of Science in Physics, Pennsylvania, State University, 1950. MSMetE, Lehigh University, 1951. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Calumet College.

DPS (honorary), Xavier University.


President Research 1968-1977, Vice-President Steel Manufacturing 1977-1978, President, and Director Inland Steel Company 1978-1983, Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer 1982- and Director January since 1983. Fellow, American Society for Metals. Has registered five patents concerned with metal production processes.

Howe Memorial Lecture A.I.M.E. 1984, Distinguished Alumnus (Penn State University) 1984.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles on steelmaking technical to various publications.


Life trustee Northwestern University, since 1980. Life trustee, secretary, treasurer Munster School Board, 1957-1966. Life trustee Museum of Science & Industry.

With United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1947. Fellow American Society Metals. Member American Institute of Mining (Distinguished life member, B.F. Fairless award, Howe memorial lecturer 1988-1991), American Iron and Steel Institute (Gary medal, chairman 1989-1990), National Academy England.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, gardening, sailing.


Married Joan M. Schlosser, June 17, 1950. Children: Thomas, Mary Ellen, Catherine, Susan, Annual.

George V. Luerssen

Mary Ann (Swoyer) Luerssen

Joan M. Schlosser

Thomas Luerssen

Mary Ellen Luerssen

Catherine Luerssen

Susan Luerssen

Annual Luerssen