James Lester Mauthe (AIST)
AIME Benjamin F. Fairless Award* in 1959
James Lester Mauthe was born in Turkey City, PA. He received his primary education in the Du Bois, PA, schools. In 1913, he received a B.S. from Pennsylvania State College, now The Pennsylvania State University. While there, in 1912, he captained the college's undefeated football team and was elected to the National Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Mauthe has continued his interest in the University and is now a trustee and a member of its executive committee.
Mr. Mauthe began his career in the steel industry while still at college, spending his summers working on the blast furnace department of Carnegie Steel at Duquesne. Following graduation, he returned as a blast furnace laborer but soon transferred to the blast furnaces at the National Tube Co., McKeesport, PA, later becoming assistant superintendent. He subsequently served successively as superintendent of blast furnaces for the Midvale Steel Co., Coatesville, PA; assistant superintendent of the coke plant, and then assistant superintendent of blast furnaces for the National Tube Co. at Lorain, Ohio, later becoming assistant general superintendent.
In 1935, Mr. Mauthe joined The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. as assistant general superintendent of the Youngstown District. Successively he was appointed general superintendent, vice president in charge of operations, a director of the company, and, in 1950, was elected president. In December 1956, he was elected chairman of the Board.
Mr. Mauthe received a technical degree of Metallurgical Engineer from Penn State; the David Ford McFarland Award for Achievement in Metallurgy from the Penn State Chapter of the American Society for Metals; and the American Iron and Steel Institute Medal for published works on metallurgy.