An influential member of the Upper Michigan mining industry has passed away.
According to Cliffs Natural Resources, Gilbert A. Dawe, of Ishpeming, passed away on January 20. Dawe began working as a geologist for Cliffs in 1949. He eventually became General Manager of Mines for the North American Mining Division in 1977.
"Mr. Dawe was a key member of Cliffs' management team during a very critical time as the iron industry in Michigan moved from underground mining to open pit mines and processing plants," said Dale Hemmila, director of public affairs for Cliffs in North America. "His leadership was instrumental in moving the company through this growth process in Michigan and overseeing the closure of the Mather "B", Humboldt and Republic operations while supervising the expansion of Empire and Tilden."
Dawe began his retirement from Cliffs in 1984. Bjork and Zhulkie Funeral Home in Ishpeming is handling funeral arrangements.