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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( September 21, 1998)
SDSM& T ALUMNI DIRECTOR DUFF ERICKSON RETIRES AFTER 14 YEARS OF SERVICE
Professor John “ Duff” Erickson recently retired as director of the Alumni Association of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) after fourteen years of service in that position. A reception in his honor will be held on M- Day, Saturday, September 26, at 5: 30 p. m. in the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn ( Hammons Room).
Duff Erickson graduated from SDSM& T with a mining engineering degree in 1955 and later returned as Professor of Mining Engineering in 1975. A dedicated and loyal member of the SDSM& T faculty for twenty years, Professor Erickson served as Department Chair for sixteen of those years. He retired from teaching in June of 1995, but continued as Alumni Director. Duff also has directed the annual “ Mining Experience on the Great Plains Workshop” in which teachers from across South Dakota have participated since the workshop’s inception in 1986.
Dr. Richard Gowen, President of SDSM& T, recently presented a special resolution from the minutes of the South Dakota Board of Regents naming J. Duff Erickson as Professor Emeritus of Mining Engineering. “ Duff’s many years of involvement and instruction in mining imparted a positive impact on both the industry and our students,” said Dr. Gowen. “ His dedication and leadership as alumni director expanded this institution’s network of alumni and friends throughout the U. S. and beyond.”
Tim Vottero, a 1984 graduate of SDSM& T, succeeds Duff Erickson as alumni director. Vottero also will continue to work for the SDSM& T Foundation as a development officer.
To RSVP or obtain additional information about the retirement reception, call the SDSM& T Alumni Association at 394- 2347.
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