Charles Barber

Charles Barber's House

Former Chairman of ASARCO mining lived here.

He was born February 26, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy for five years. He served as Navy Secretary to the Joint War Plans Committee in Washington DC. Later, he was Aide and Flag Secretary to Admiral R. A. Spruance, Commander of the Fifth Fleet in the Pacific. After the war, as a lawyer with Covington and Burling, he helped represent Pakistan for the 1960 Indus Treaty with India. Then, he joined the staff of the Justice Department as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States and argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. His principal business career was in the mining and metals industry. As chairman of ASARCO, Inc., he expanded copper production and helped finance the Cuajone copper mine in Peru. He received the Copper Man of the Year Award and served as chairman of the American Mining Congress. He was a member of the Americas Society and the Council on Foreign Relations. Most recently, he was public director for the New York Stock Exchange and chaired its Regulatory Advisory Committee. He was also director for several companies and mutual funds. For 2000, he was named Fund Trustee of the Year by Institutional Investor. In 1947, while a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, England, he married Lois Helen LaCroix.
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