A series of institutions in Canada and the United States are planning events of one or another nature to commemorate the centenary of James Douglas’ death. The motivations vary, but all believe he deserves to be remembered for his contributions to Canadian culture, Arizona’s economic development, to mining and metallurgy, and to letters. The intention of the 2018 commemoration is to further honor Douglas’ contributions to the several mineral industry engineering professions, in addition to recognizing his writing about the industry and the world in general. Perhaps Douglas’ greatest legacy is the least known – his words. Douglas left thousands of words that remain of interest and value today. He considered his writing a hobby and a relaxation, but he wrote constantly and left behind hundreds of articles, letters to the editor, book reviews and reflections. Douglas is known in the 21st century as one of those great individuals whose name is on buildings, endowments, and awards. The most prestigious award for a North American metallurgist (non-ferrous) is TMS/SME’s James Douglas Gold Medal, established in 1922 by the AIME.