William Jesse Coulter

"For his distinguished achievement in contributing in general to the success of Climax Molybdenum Company; and, in particular, for developing mining practices of the Climax Mine."

AIME William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal in 1958

William Jesse Coulter was born in Murray, Idaho, in 1887. He graduated from the State College of Washington in 1914 with a B.S. degree in Mining. From the same college he received an Engineer of Mines degree in 1929 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in 1944, and there, also, he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity in 1944.' In 1935 he was awarded a Professional Degree of Mining Engineer by the Montana School of Mines.

Upon graduation from college, Mr. Coulter spent the iaext twelve years with the Granby Consolidated Mining, Smelting and Power Co. in Alaska and British Columbia. With this company he progressed from miner, shift boss, foreman, engineer, to Assistant Mine Superintendent at their Anyox, B.C., operation where 3500-4000 tons of copper ore were being mined daily. In 1926 he left the Granby Co. to become Mine Superintendent with the American Metal Co. at Terrerro,  N.M. A year later the company sent him to Climax, Colo., as General Superintendent of the Mining and Milling Operations of the Climax Molybdenum Co. He held this position until January 1, 1935, at which time he was transferred to the Denver office with the title of General Manager of Western Operations. In September 1949, he was elected Vice-President of Western Operations and served in that capacity until retirement January l, 1953. Since then, he has lived in Denver.

Mr. Coulter has been a Member of AIME since 1925 and was a Director from 1949 to 1951. In 1944 he was chairman of the Mining Methods Committee which prepared material for a book published in 1945, Transactions, Vol. 163, on Mining Practice. During his active career, he has written a number of papers on Mining and Milling Practices at Climax.