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16 MARCH 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® In Memoriam Dr. Calvin Joseph Konya (1943~2021) Founding member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), Dr. Calvin Joseph Konya of Hartsgrove Township, Ohio, passed away November 28, 2021. Born in Cleveland in 1943, he was a four-year varsity basketball athlete for the West Geauga High School in Chesterland. After graduating, he attended the Missouri School of Mines, completing numerous degrees. His coursework included major research in the development of blasthole spacing methods based on stiffness ratio, which is used throughout the world today. During college, he worked as a waiter, farmed large plots of grapes to sell to local wineries, and tended a large assortment of bees to sell honey to local markets. Dr. Konya went on to teach at West Virginia University, then later formed the ISEE, reaching out to major leaders in the explosives industry. He served as the first ISEE president and executive director, volunteering for 13 years until the organization had enough funds to hire an executive director to grow its membership. During this time, he started his consulting practice, Precision Blasting Services, leaving the university when his company took off quickly. He couldn’t pass up the opportunity to develop and lead the Ohio State University’s mining engineering program when they approached him. Also serving as a national exchange scientist with his sponsor country being Hungary, Dr. Konya toured every mine in that country, helping them optimize blasting while conducting groundbreaking research in blast design. The results were published in numerous books and papers. Dr. Konya was an avid writer and loved to share the stories and concepts of blasting, contributing to over 150 publications such as journals, conferences, and trade magazines. He also wrote over a dozen books which have been translated into languages around the world. Dr. Calvin Konya is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eva; children Anthony, Judy, Eva, and Ashley; and grandson Triston. His many friends will miss his gentle, stoic, kind ways. Charles Jackson Miller The Florida Ground Water Association was saddened to announce the passing of longtime member Charles Jackson Miller on December 19, 2021. Born in Columbia County, Florida, he graduated in 1955 with the last class of the old Gainesville High School, where he ran track and was involved in student government. Charles then enlisted with the Navy, serving his country in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Rota, Spain. In 1962, he married Catrina who was from Kingston-upon-Thames, England. After the Navy, Charles assisted his father in the family business, Miller Well and Pump, eventually taking the reins as owner-operator. He was proud of his 50-year perfect attendance at North Central Florida Water Well Drillers Association monthly meetings, later receiving a lifetime achievement award. Charles is survived by his daughter Fiona; sisters Roz, Marilyn, and Virginia (Michael); and extended family. Catrina preceded Charles in death in 2017. Lest we forget . . . The WWDR Team would be honored to remember your departed loved one / friend / associate in WorldWide Drilling Resource®. Please send the information to