International Journal of Metalcasting

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 672–688 | Cite as

Wisdom from the Hoyt Lecture

  • T. J. SchornEmail author


Each year since 1943 the American Foundry Society has featured a “foundation lecture” delivered by an individual chosen to share their wisdom and experience at the Society’s annual assembly. These lectures, named in 1947 after Charles Edgar Hoyt, reflect the thinking and passion of the best and brightest spokesmen of the metalcasting industry. Seldom however has this repository of wisdom been examined in aggregate and seldom have any engaged in an effort to observe themes in these lectures for the benefit of a contemporary audience. The author, the Hoyt Memorial Lecturer in 2005, presents his understanding of the wisdom of the Lecture around common themes in these presentations, including the nature and importance of research, our responsibility to people engaged in foundry work, the importance of education, the nature of the relationship between foundry and government, quality and the art of management. The author includes reading suggestions from the Hoyt corpus for those interested in going further into the Lecture’s wisdom.


Hoyt management research government education quality 



The author wishes to thank Ms. Katie Matticks for her support in preparing a collection of the Foundation and Hoyt Memorial lectures and for sharing her historical research on Charles Edgar Hoyt. In a paper researching the work of others, the credit for the majority of insight (only sparsely quoted) must go to all those that have given the Hoyt Lecture. Finally this author would offer thanks to George Goodrich, whose 2004 Hoyt Lecture preceded the author’s own lecture, and from whom he received great encouragement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Enkei America, Inc.ColumbusUSA

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