Coal executive Garry Drummond passes away at 78

Alabama-based Drummond Co. on July 13 announced the passing of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Garry Neil Drummond Sr. on July 13 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Drummond, who was 78 years old, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Drummond Co. for over 50 years and was considered a leader and entrepreneur in the coal and mining industry in the U.S. and in South America. Drummond Co. has coal mining operations in Colombia.

“Drummond Company has lost an exemplary leader and our industry a great visionary. Without his foresight and dedication, our company would not have grown to be one of the world’s premiere producers of energy that is it today,” said Mike Tracy, President–Mining of Drummond Co.

Drummond Company today includes: large coal mines in Alabama and Colombia; a worldwide coal sales organization; ABC Coke, the largest merchant foundry coke producer in the United States; and a real estate division.

H.E. Drummond, Mr. Drummond’s father, began the Drummond Coal Co. in Sipsey, Alabama, in 1935 as a coal provider for farms and households. At 15, Garry Drummond began working in coal mines in Walker County with his father and was named CEO of Drummond Co. in 1973.

He was a founder of the American Coal Foundation and in 1978 served as the first Chairman of the Mining and Reclamation Council of America, which later merged with the National Coal Association. He also served on the boards of the National Mining Association and the Alabama Coal Association.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.