Russell H. Volk

PE Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Russell H. Volk pioneered petroleum exploration and development in the Denver-Julesburg basin. Volk was considered one of the greatest student-athletes in Mines history, earning 15 varsity letters in football, wrestling, boxing, basketball and baseball. A 1926 graduate as an “engineer of mines,” Volk was an instructor in petroleum engineering while earning his master’s in mining engineering. After graduation, he and other faculty formed the Plains Exploration Company, and he was president and CEO. Volk was deeply involved at Mines, serving on the boards of the University and Foundation and as president of the Alumni Board. Volk was inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and Mines Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. In 1974, the campus gymnasium was renamed in his honor. Volk died in 1973.