Lenhart J.H. Grothe

(1935 - 2006)

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Lenhart J.H. Grothe (1935-2006) was born in New York City, the eldest of three children born to German immigrants. Grothe attended Montana School of Mines and worked as an underground miner in Butte. In 1955, he transferred to the University of Alaska School of Mines and graduated with honors, receiving a BS in Mining Engineering in 1959. During and after graduation, Grothe worked as an underground miner at Alaska’s Red Devil mercury-antimony critical metal mine. In 1960, Grothe secured, by bid, all assets of the abandoned lode tin mine at Lost River west of Nome. From 1965-1990, Grothe’s firm, Lost River Mining Company, became the nation’s primary domestic source of mined tin from several placer mines on the western Seward Peninsula. In 2007, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Alumni Association created the Lenhart J.H. Grothe Resources Award to be given posthumously to a UAF alumnus who made significant contributions in the forestry, fishing, mining, or agricultural fields. Grothe was the first recipient of the award.

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