W. Howard Winn, 1916-2001

W. Howard Winn, 1916-2001, died December 12 on a ranch near Silver City, New Mexico. Howard's distinguished career in the mining industry covered 36 years with Kennecott Copper Corporation, the last 12 as a general manager of the Nevada Mines Division in Ely. After earning his mining engineering degree from the University of Kansas, Howard joined Kennecott in 1940 as a metallurgical engineer at the company's Chino Mines Division in Hurley, New Mexico. He was a design engineer, smelter superintendent, concentrator superintendent and the reduction plant superintendent at several of the company's operations before moving to Ely to head the Nevada Operations.

Howard is best remembered by those who knew him for his public service. His first love was the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he established a scholarship endowed trust for future mining students. He also established the Chrysie P. Winn Memorial Endowment, which provides funding for publications for the mining collection of the DeLaMare Library, in memory of his late first wife.

Howard served on the Nevada Tax Commission for 19 years. He also lobbied at the Nevada Legislature, not only for the mining industry, but for all Nevadans. He was one of a generation of lobbyists who believed laws should be written for all citizens. He worked on many laws that protect the state's wildlife, air, and water quality.

Howard and his second wife, Arvada, lived on a ranch in New Mexico, until her death several years ago. Although legally blind for the last few years, Howard created many beautiful works of art in wood. His creations are museum quality, but he lovingly made them and gave them to his friends.

Howard Winn is remembered by his many friends as a man of the greatest honor and integrity, whose word was his bond. He loved his nation, his adopted state of Nevada, and his friends above himself. He believed strongly in reaching consensus rather than settling matters confrontationally. He mentored many people in the mining industry, men and women who achieved much in their own careers. He supported a prominent role for women in the industry before it was popular to do so. He respected people for their ideas, their integrity and their contributions, regardless of their color or their gender.

Howard Winn is survived by many friends who grieve his death.


Excerpted from the Reno Gazette-Journal, December 16, 2001.