Allan ‘Al’ G. Provost ’62 of Lakewood, Colo., died on June 20, 2010. Born in 1936 in Alberta, Canada, Al dropped out of high school to work in the Canadian oil fields. He later moved to Sacramento, Calif., where he attended junior college and earned his high school diploma. At Mines, it took him only three years to earn his professional degree as an engineer of mines. After graduation he worked for Patrick Harrison Construction in Canada. In 1964, he took a position as a project manager and chief engineer for BorTunCo Boring and Tunneling Company in Houston; a year later, he joined United Construction in Detroit as vice president and project manager. He married Christine Baer, the sister of a former classmate, in 1965. Three years later he was recruited back to Patrick Harrison Construction to help launch an American branch in Denver. Al served as vice president and general manager of the new company, Harrison Western, which would go on to become one of the most respected and well-known construction and tunneling companies in the world. In 1978, Harrison Western was acquired by FJC Lilley, Scotland’s largest civil engineering and construction company. Al stayed on as president, piloting the company through a number of massive public works projects, including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage System Deep Tunnel project and a subway tunnel project for the Metrorail in Washington, D.C. In 1988, Al became the sole owner of Harrison Western as Lilley began to divest its assets. He was a member of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He attributed much of his success to his Mines education and expressed appreciation by creating two endowed scholarships: the Niles E. Grosvenor Scholarship in Underground Mining Engineering and the Allan G. Provost Endowed Scholarship in Mining Engineering. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, Mines awarded him the Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1984. Al never gave up his Canadian citizenship and frequently returned to Canada for recreation and to visit family. He was an avid reader and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Al’s first wife, Christine, died in 1986. In 1993, he married Sue Watters, who survives him. He is also survived by four sons, Donald, David, Douglas and Christopher; two daughters, Jennifer Provost and Kristine Zuber; four stepchildren, Darrell Watters, Rob Watters, Kim Watters Banwart and Don Watters; and 17 grandchildren.
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