James Stuart Westwater

TUCSON, Ariz. – James Stuart Westwater of Tucson, Arizona, recently celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends.

He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on December 6, 1912, and died on March 3, 2013, in Tucson.

Jim and Helen his beloved wife of seventy years, were married in Chuquicamata, Chile in 1938. Among those who have wonderful memories of the couple are son James Westwater Jr., daughters Mary Jo Westwater, Julie Konrade and Candace Leibert, four granddaughters and three great-grandsons. Helen predeceased Jim.

Jim had a distinguished career as a mining engineer spanning over forty years. He earned degrees in mining engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1934 and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from MTU in 1975.

He was the operating officer of Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company for nearly twenty years and retired as Senior Vice President. His early years with the company were spent in Ishpeming, Michigan followed by another twenty in Cleveland, Ohio. His career spanned a time of major change in the iron mining industry and he played a major role in the origin and development of all of Cliff’s operations during that period.

He was active in many industry organizations including the American Mining Congress, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Iron Ore Association and the Canadian Institute of Mining. Through the years he served on various boards and organizations including hospitals, banks, the Boy Scouts and Michigan Tech.

While in Cleveland he was a member of the Union Club, Westwood Country Club, Cleveland Yacht Club, Lakewood Presbyterian Church and later the Tucson Country Club.

After retiring, he and Helen moved to Tucson, Arizona, and also maintained a home at Lake Michigamme, Michigan, where the Westwater Family happily summered for years .

Jim Westwater will be remembered fondly by his many friends and colleagues as a very capable and unassuming man. With an infectious smile and an amusing tale, he engaged us all and will remain in our hearts forever.

Services have been held and a subsequent service will be held in Michigan this summer. Remembrances may be directed to his two long-time interests – the Boy Scouts of America and Michigan Tech.