Mr Kenneth Barry Smale-Adams OBE FREng - died on February 21, 2012 aged 79
An appreciation for Mr Kenneth Barry Smale-Adams OBE FREng by Hugh Allen (with the help of others)
Barry Smale-Adams OBE FREng 30 June 1932 - 21 February 2012
Kenneth Barry Smale-Adams was borne in Zambia and educated at St John's College, Johannesburg in 1944 where he became Head of School and Captain of the 1st Rugby team. In 1950 he started his mining education at the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) in Cornwall, gaining a 1st Class degree and the world recognised Associateship of the Camborne School of Mines. In 1953 he joined Anglo American Corporation and by 1957 was appointed Underground Manager at the Western Holdings Mine in Welkom, South Africa. At 25 he was the youngest engineer to be appointed to that position in the Corporation.
In 1960 he left Anglo American to join Associated Mines (Malaysia) Limited where he rose to become General Manager of a number of tin mining operations from 1963 to 1965. After a short period Resident Mining Adviser to the Hellenic Industrial Bank in Athens, in 1967 he joined Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation to be in charge of exploration and mining development in Malaysia and Indonesia. After another five years in the Far East he was transferred to RTZ Head Office in London as a Director of Riotinto Finance and exploration Ltd. He spent a further 15 years with Rio becoming Consulting Mining Engineer in 1983. With his sharp mind he excelled at negotiating complex issues, for example in relation to the Law of the Sea Conference. In 1987 he resigned to join Robertson Mining Finance and to become Chairman of Plateau Mining Plc.
Barry Smale-Adams was a Fellow of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, a member of Council and President 1983-84. He played major roles in the IMM never hesitating to speak out on occasions when he sensed a reluctance to embrace necessary changes. In 1984 he was elected chairman of the governors of the Camborne School of Mines where he oversaw major projects such as a circa £40million Geothermal Project and the merger of the CSM with the University of Exeter.
In recognition of his major contributions to the mining industry and education Barry became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1983 where he served on Membership and Overseas Affairs committees. On the local level he and his wife June were Marriage Guidance Councillors. They were both faithful members of the Christian churches in their widespread international homes: Barry was a Churchwarden at his Richmond Church of St Mary Magdalene. National recognition came with the award of an O.B.E.
He leaves his wife June and their three children Deborah, Mark and Jeremy.