June Ceremony Honored Three Leaders
Pictured, from left to right, are NRHF Executive Director, Julie King; Jack
Barriger IV representing his father, Inductee Jack Barriger III; Inductee
Mike Haverty; Union Pacific VP Joe O'Conner representing Inductee Grenville
Mellen Dodge; FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo; and NRHF Nominations and
Inductions Committee Chair Owen Muelder.
The National Railroad Hall of Fame’s 2012 Induction Ceremony celebrated the life achievements of three individuals whose careers span the scope of the U.S. railroad industry. Honorees included John Walker Barriger, III; Major General Grenville Mellen Dodge; and Michael R. Haverty.
The induction ceremony took place on Saturday, June 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. in Seymour Library on the campus of Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois. A reception followed immediately after the ceremony in the campus’ Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Both events were free and open to the public.
Inductee John Walker Barriger, III, was represented by his son, John Walker Barriger, IV, of Kenilworth, Illinois. The elder Barriger served in the Roosevelt Administration as head of the Railroad Division of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. He later held the presidencies of four major railroad lines. Barriger is perhaps best known as a scholar of the railroad industry and its history. Throughout his long career, he avidly collected books and corporate papers and took thousands of photographs. Today, the over 45,000 items in his personal collection form the heart of the John W. Barriger, III, National Railroad Library. One of North America’s largest and finest railroad history collections, it is housed in the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Inductee Major General Grenville Mellen Dodge was represented by Joseph E. O'Connor, Jr., of Omaha, Nebraska. O’Connor serves as Vice President of Supply for Union Pacific Railroad. After being injured in the Civil War, Dodge joined the Union Pacific as chief engineer on the transcontinental railroad. At the time he was hired, only 40 miles of track had been lain. Using Dodge’s surveys, the Union Pacific made remarkable gains, laying 240 miles of track in 1867 and 260 miles in 1868. On May 10, 1869, the lines of the transcontinental met at Promontory Summit in Utah. Dodge and his counterpart on the Central Pacific drove the final golden spike.
Michael R. Haverty is Executive Chairman of the Kansas City Southern Railroad in Kansas City, Missouri. A fourth generation railroader, Haverty began his career with Missouri Pacific and later joined the Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe, where he rose to president and chief operating officer. In 1995, Haverty became head of the Kansas City Southern. At KSC, he has forged a rail network known as the NAFTA Railway that links the commercial and industrial centers of the United States, Mexico and Canada, providing North American shippers with a viable alternative to other railroads and transportation carriers. Haverty has also promoted the railroad’s transcontinental intermodal corridor between Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia via Meridian, Mississippi. Called the Meridian Speedway, it is one of the fastest growing intermodal lanes in the United States.