The second person to earn a master’s degree in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines, Raymond Lowrie was an up-and-coming engineer of the time.
Watch part 1 of Lowrie’s oral history to learn more about his life and career.
Leaving the Navy in 1955, Raymond Lowrie began his lifelong mining career studying at the University of Texas-El Paso and working as an underground miner with Climax Molybdenum Company. After working in low coal mining, Lowrie started his career with the US Bureau of Mines and his marriage of over 50 years in Denver, CO. During his time with the US Bureau of Mines, Lowrie served as supervisor of the wilderness program and worked to implement and regulate the Federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Lowrie’s proudest work is his published Engineering Handbook which reflects his commitment to serving the needs of engineering students and closing educational gaps. Lowrie continued his commitment to education as SME Professional Registration Coordinator, where he evaluated the professional engineer (PE) exam and shaped its current structure. A lifetime Distinguished Member of SME and recipient of the SME President’s Citation, Lowrie has dedicated his life’s work to the mining industry, where his influence will remain.