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Montana Tech receives $100,000 grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation


5/4/2011

Today, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation announced the awarding of a $100,000 grant to the Montana Tech Foundation to support the construction of the University Relations Center on the edge of the campus. As a result of this donation, a conference room within the Frank and Ann Gilmore University Relations Center will be named for Frank and Arlis Gardner.

"The idea of honoring both Frank Gilmore and Frank Gardner with one gift is magnificent. Frank and Arlis are long-time friends of the Gilmores and of Montana Tech. This gift is a tribute to two amazing families," said Mike Johnson, Vice Chancellor of Development and Student Services and President of the Montana Tech Foundation.

"On behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, and the Washington Family, we are proud to honor the legacy of both Chancellor Gilmore and Frank Gardner. Individually their professional dedication and achievements have benefitted many, and their combined contribution to Montana Tech and the Butte community is a model for us all," said Mike Halligan, Executive Director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.

"Since taking the post of President at Montana Resources, I have been privileged to work closely with Frank Gardner, one of the true innovators in the mining field. The business model he implemented and his unique brand of pragmatism and optimism is the reason for our success even through the ups and downs of the mining industry," said Rolin Erickson, President, Montana Resources, LLP.

Mr. John "Frank" Gardner enjoyed a successful 48-year career in the mining industry. Prior to retirement, Mr. Gardner served as President of Montana Resources, an open pit copper-molybdenum mine in Butte, Montana (formerly owned by the Anaconda Minerals Company and ARCO).

Frank was raised and educated in Butte. He gained his education at the Montana School of Mines, graduating in 1961 with a degree in geological engineering. He obtained his professional and leadership experience with increased responsibility at various mines in Butte and abroad. He was instrumental in the revival of Butte’s mining operations in 1986 and again in 2003.

Among his many honors and accolades, in May 2010, Montana Tech awarded Frank Gardner with an honorary doctor of science degree.

Frank and Arlis are currently retired and enjoying life, dividing their time between Wise River and Santa Lucia, Boquete, Panama. They have five children, Mitch, Lisa, Greg, Lynda, and Leslie, and ten grandchildren.