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Eugene B. Willard (c1874-1907)
1907 Obituary 
EUGENE B. WILLARD, jun., died on May 21, 1907, as the result of an explosion at the No. 1 Eliza Furnace of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company, Pittsburg. He was thirty-three years of age, and was the grandson of James O. Willard, one of the early ironmasters in the Hanging Rock iron district, and a son of Eugene B. Willard, sen., of the Hamilton Coke Furnace Company, Ohio. He was educated at the Pennsylvania Military College as a civil engineer, and subsequently studied chemistry and metallurgy at the Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland. His professional career was as blast-furnace manager at the Hamilton furnace, and at the No. 2 Iroquois furnace, Chicago, and subsequently he had charge of the three furnaces of the Wellston Iron and Steel Company, Ohio. In July 1906 he was appointed assistant to the general superintendent of the Eliza furnaces, where he met with considerable success.
He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1904.