W. Howard Winn
Howard Winn was born to W. Henry Winn and Annie Ritz Winn on May 16, 1916, in Howard County Missouri. The family moved to Kansas when Howard was quite young, where he was raised on a wheat farm and attended schools in McPherson, Kansas. Mr. Winn graduated from the University of Kansas in 1939 with a B.S. in Mining Engineering. In 1935 he married Chrysie Bailey and they celebrated their 52nd anniversary before her death in 1987. In 1990, Mr. Winn married Arvada Todd who passed away in 1993.
Most of Howard Winn's working career was with Kennecott Copper corporation. he began as a day laborer at the New Mexico operation, transferred to the Arizona operation as a smelter superintendent in 1957 and became general manager of the Nevada operation in 1964. He retired in 1976 and then served as a consultant to the Nevada Mining Association for 12 years.
Mr. Winn was a lifelong member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers and The Society of Mining Engineers and for 19 years served on the Nevada Tax Commission. As an active lobbyist at the Nevada Legislature, he helped write and pass several pieces of legislation regarding determination of taxable value for property, the revision and restructuring of the Wildlife Commission, the creation of the State Department of Minerals, the revision of water quality standards, geothermal resource laws, net proceeds of Mines Tax Regulations, a constitutional amendment to allow state taxation of mines, and the 1970-81 mines building.
Howard Winn spent his last years on a cattle ranch near Silver City, New Mexico, where he enjoyed his hobby of making tables from a variety of native wood. He died in December 2001.
The CHRYSIE P. WINN READING ROOM of the DeLaMare Library was named in grateful appreciation for the Chrysie P. Winn Endowment, established in 1991 by Howard Winn for the enhancement of the mining and geology collection of the library. The table located in the Chrysie P. Winn Reading Room was hand-made by Mr. Winn for the new DeLaMare Library.