Richard Lee Bullock

Richard Lee Bullock was born on July 24, 1929, in Independence Missouri and died on November 20, 2020, in North Richland Hills, Texas, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. After graduating from Houston High School in 1947, he attended the University of Missouri-Rolla and received a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering, a masters in mining engineering, and doctorate in engineering. He was the endowed Quenon Chair in Mining Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla. After retiring from UM-Rolla, he continued to teach online courses for the university for an additional 13 years, while doing extensive consulting in the U.S. and around the world. He had more than 60 years of experience in the mining industry in managing: mineral property evaluations, mine developments, projects, ongoing operations, mining research and multi-disciplined engineering design groups, including nuclear studies facilities. During his career, he was asked to perform a variety of engineering studies, mineral property feasibility or evaluation studies on more than 250 prospective or operating properties. He received many awards, including the Society of Mining Engineer’s (SME) Jackling Lecture, distinguished SME member and the distinguished M & E Division member, as well as numerous teaching awards from SME and MS&T. He was a registered engineer in Missouri, Tennessee and New York, and a qualified person in mining and reserves. He is co-editor of three mining books and author of approximately 50 published technical papers. Additionally, he published his two-volume memoir From Hard Knocks to Hard Rocks: A Journey in My Shoes in 2018/2019 and was featured in a two-part video interview for the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) Oral Heritage series in 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard L. Bullock Endowment for Mining Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.