An obituary on Eugene D. Gardner in Thursday's editions of The Washington Post was accompanied by a picture of another person. A picture of Mr. Gardner, retired chief mining engineer at the Bureau of Mines of the Department of the Interior, appears above. Picture, EUGENE D. GARDNER
Eugene D. Gardner, 92, a retired chief mining engineer at the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Mines, died Monday at the Manor Care Nursing home in Arlington.
Mr. Gardner began working for the Bureau of Mines in 1919, and was chief mining engineer from 1948 until he retired in 1954.
He was awarded a Distinguished Service Citation and Gold Medal by the Interior Department in 1949 for his research into the characteristic and mining of oil shale beds in Utah and Colorado.
In 1955, Mr. Gardner received the Jackling Award, presented by the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, for advances in underground hard-rock mining technology.
He was born in West Jordan. Utah, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Utah.
Mr. Gardner began his government career as a mineral examiner with the U.S. Forest Service in 1911. He worked in Washington from 1919 to 1924, and then worked in Arizona, Missouri and Colorado before returning here in 1948.
After Mr. Gardner retired in 1956 at the age of 70, he received yearly extensions, finally leaving the Bureau of Mines in the early 1960s.He was an engineering consultant to both the government and several private firms before finally retiring in 1969.
He was named "Engineer of the Year" in 1974 by the local chapter of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers of which he was a member.
He also belonged to the American Mining Congress, the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Cosmos Club.
Mr. Gardner was a member of the Arlington ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by a son, George D., of the home in Arlington; four daughters, Jean Pratt, of North Hollywood, Calif., Dorothy Gardner, of Los Angeles, Althea Cook, of Denver, and Margaret Utterback, of Foster City, Calif.; two sisters, Laura Gardner, of Salt Lake City, and Irma Evans, of Riverton, Utah; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.