Remembering Harold F. Bonham, Jr.


We are very sad to inform you that Harold F. Bonham, Jr. passed away of natural causes on Saturday June 6, 2015. The family will hold a private memorial service.

Hal was a research geologist at Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology for thirty-three years (1963–1996) and Acting State Geologist and Acting Director at NBMG for two years (1993–1995).

Hal was an internationally recognized expert in the geology of mineral deposits, volcanology, and exploration of precious metal deposits. He had more than thirty years of experience in geologic investigations and mapping in Nevada.

Hal’s contributions to Nevada geology are evident in this list of selected publications which include million-scale commodity maps for gold, silver, copper, lead, and zinc; many urban maps in the greater Reno area; and the geology and mineral resources bulletin for Washoe and Storey counties.

You can read more information about Hal’s career here:

NBMG resume
Biography from Geological Society of Nevada Honorary Member Page


Jim Faulds (Director) and all of Hal’s many friends at NBMG
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
University of Nevada, Reno, MS 178
Reno, NV 89557

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