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Charles Washington Merrill, metallurgical engineer, was born December 21, 1869, in Concord, New Hampshire. He is the son of Sylvester and Clara L. (French) Merrill. Received his B.S. degree from University of California, College of Mines, in 1891.

        Mr. Merrill has designed, installed and operated many reduction works in the United States, Canada and Mexico; held over twenty-five patents in the United States and foreign countries for metallurgical processes and apparatus; and is president and director of The Merrill Company, San Francisco.

        Chief of Division of Collateral Commodities, United States Food Administration, Washington, D. C., 1917-18; chairman of Executive Committee of San Francisco Community Chest, 1925-27; chairman of Minerals Committee of California State Chamber of Commerce; chairman of California State Mining Board, 1930; regent of University of California, 1924-25.

        Member of American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers (vice president, 1924); Alumni Association of University of California (president, 1924-25); Sigma Xi; Mining and Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa; and member of the following clubs: University, Engineers’, Pacific-Union, Commonwealth (San Francisco); Claremont (Oakland); and Orinda (California) Country Club.

        Mr. Merrill was awarded the James Douglas International Gold Medal by A.I.M. and M.E. “for distinguished international metallurgical achievements,” 1924; and National Modern Pioneer Certificate of Award by National Association of Manufacturers “in recognition of distinguished achievement in field of science and invention which has advanced the American standard of living,” 1940.

        Mr. Merrill married Clara Scott Robinson on February 9, 1898; children: Mrs. Beatrice Morse, John L., Gregor C. and Bruce R. On September 14, 1938, he married (2d) Margaret Baker Cope.

        Home:  407 Camino Sobrante, Orinda, California.

        Offices:  Hobart Building, 582 Market Street, San Francisco 4, California. 





Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: “Eminent Californians 1953”, by Lee E. Johnson & C. W. Taylor. Page 569, C. W. Taylor Publ., Palo Alto, California, 1953.

© 2014  Cecelia M. Setty.






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