Richard H. White

For his contribution in obtaining record production rates on blast furnaces and for his substantial contribution to a practical process of desulfurizing hot metal which could, in the future, permit even larger production rates.

AIME J.E. Johnson, Jr. Award in 1958

Richard H. White, was born in Oil City, Pa., in 1916. He eventually enrolled in Case Institute of Technology and it was there his interests started focusing on the United States Steel Corporation. During his four summer vacations, he worked for Oil Well Supply Co., a subsidiary of the Corporation. In 1939 he received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a position with U. S. Steel's Ohio Works in Youngstown where he was a practice apprentice in the power and fuel department. Three years later, he transferred to the blast furnace department as Assistant to the Superintendent. Less than six years later, he became Assistant Blast Furnace Superintendent.

Fourteen days after ground was broken for the new Fairless Works, Mr. White was selected to be the first Superintendent of Blast Furnaces at the Delaware Valley project. Starting from the ground up, he assisted in the engineering and construction of the two blast furnaces, "Hazel" and "Nancy". Last October "Patricia" became the third of Mr. White's charges.