Peter F. Galli (2008)*
Peter E. Galli was granted Honorary Membership in the Geological Society of Nevada in May, 2008 after approval by the GSN Board of Directors and a majority vote at the May membership meeting in Reno. Mr. Galli has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the geological sciences in Nevada through his long and successful career in mineral exploration. Some of the more significant of his many accomplishments and experiences are detailed below.
Peter Galli began his professional career upon graduation from the University of Alaska (Alaska School of Mines), in 1951 with a B.S. in Geological Engineering. From 1951-1952, Peter was a dredge surveyor with U.S. Smelting, Refining and Mining of Fairbanks, Alaska. By 1953, he had traveled to Nevada and with a partner developed and mined a small manganese deposit. His next 4 years were spent working at the Riley Tungsten Mine located in the Osgood Mountains. Here, Peter worked as an underground mine shift boss before advancing to a position as a mining engineer. From 1957-1966, he worked throughout the western U. S. and Canada as an exploration geologist. Union Carbide hired Peter as District Geologist (manager for Western U.S. and Alaska exploration) in 1966, where he continued until 1970.
Cordilleran Exploration (Cordex 1) was formed in 1970 as a partnership between John S. Livermore and Peter Galli, and as a syndicate comprised of four Canadian mining companies, was able to finance a three and one-half year exploration program for $1,000,000. From 1974-1977, Peter was Manager of U.S. Exploration for Lancana Mining Co. of Toronto, Canada (working under his sole proprietorship, Galli Explorations). E. B. Berg of Piedmont, California, financed Peter’s gold and silver exploration in Montana and Nevada during the years 1978-1979.
From 1979 through 2001, Peter became a Consulting and Independent Geologist. Clients during this time included Lacana, R.T. Vanderbilt (clay), Chromoloy (barite) and Western Gas, Oil and Mining (WSGOM-Hong Kong, China). With WSGOM, Peter was retained to set-up and manage a gold exploration program in the U.S. and overseas. In 1980, he formed a Limited Partnership, General Minerals Development Co. (GMDC), to search for precious metals in Nevada and Montana. By 1983, Mr. Galli formed another Limited Partnership which became known as GEXA Gold Corporation with intent of prospecting for gold-silver deposits. From 1989-1992, Peter joined J.D. Welsh and Associates (aka Zephyr Resources, Inc.) as an advisor to seek and exploit small mineral deposits. In 1995, he became associated with Rio Grande Mining Company, a privately held company. Rio Grande Mining acquired the Shafter/Presido Silver Project located in Presido County, Texas which was later acquired by Silver Standard.
As of 2002, Peter became semi-retired. He currently lives in Chiloquin, OR.
During his long career, Peter became a Registered Professional Geologist in California and Idaho, was made a Legend of Honor Member of the American Institute of Mining Engineering, became a Board Member of the Society of Economic Geologist’s Foundation, and was appointed to the State of Nevada, Governor’s Mining Advisory Board by Governor Mike O’Callahan in 1974 and served under four consecutive Governors.
Memberships included the Society of Economic Geologists, Nevada Geological Society (Vice President, 1962-1963, Chairman, 1970-1971), and the Northern Nevada Chapter of AIME (Chairman).
His extensive company and exploration experience included involvement in the following mines:
UNION CARBIDE: Hard Point (Tungsten), Mono County, CA; Bowie Zeolites, Cochise County, AZ; Tempiute (Tungsten) Nye County, NV.
CORDEX: Pinson, Preble (Gold); Florida Canyon (Gold), Pershing County, NV; Sterling (Gold), Nye County, NV.
GEXA: Gold Stripe (Gold), Plumas County, CA; Mother Lode (Gold), Nye County, NV.
ZEPHYR: Silver Peak (Silver & Gold) Esmeralda County, NV.