In 2001, when I telephoned Bill Huber about becoming the Rock Products maintenance expert, I told him the column needed to be written for management,
In 2001, when I telephoned Bill Huber about becoming the Rock Products maintenance expert, I told him the column needed to be written for management, not workers ó for the strategists, not the technicians. Bill came through. Month after month and year after year, he delivered concise, well-thought-out columns on how improved maintenance would improve an aggregate operation's bottom line. His advice was as applicable to large, multi-site operations as it was to the mom-and-pop quarry.
Those who read his columns each month know how important Bill was to the industry and the magazine. But most may not know the kind of man he was. When I asked Bill for a photo to accompany his column, he sent one so poorly shot that our art director cringed the first time she saw it. Despite the technical flaws, the photo showed the true Bill. His good-natured demeanor and ability to laugh just poured out at you from that photo.
On April 27, 2008, Bill Huber lost his battle with leukemia. He was a valuable asset to Rock Products, the mining industry and, most importantly, to those who knew him. He will be missed.
J. William (Bill) Huber, the author of Rock Products monthly Maintenance Forum since 2001, passed away on April 27, 2008. At the time of his passing, Mr. Huber was vice president of Weir International Inc., Downers Grove, Ill. Prior to joining Weir in 1999, he worked for several mining companies, including CONSOL, Sun Coal and Amvest, throughout his 37 years in the mining industry. Mr. Huber will be missed by his many friends in the mining industry.
Rick Markley, former Rock Products editor and current editor of Fire Chief, reflects here on Mr. Huber's contributions to the magazine.