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Throughout the last years of his life, Richard Penrose was seeking an heir for the great fortune he had accumulated by his own efforts—not for the money which he had inherited, for he had actually inherited very little, the estate of both his mother and his father having been in the form of a trust fund, the principal of which he could not touch. But the fortune which he had made was his to dispose as he pleased, and he searched, as every man seeks to do, for a means which would best fulfill his own objectives. The late Charles Schuchert, emeritus professor of invertebrate paleontology at Yale University, who knew something of that search, wrote the story thus: It is not clear in my mind exactly when and where I first met the late Richard Alexander Fullerton Penrose, except that it was about 1910, and that the introduction was made by my intimate friend, John M. Clarke. At later meetings of the G.S.A. we often shook hands and commented on the doings at these gatherings. My first letter came from him in middle March, 1929, when, as chairman of the Committee on the Hayden Medal awarded every third year by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, he notified me that I was to be the recipient of the medal the following month. After the short ceremony, Penrose asked me to dine with him at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, and here we spent the rest of the evening in his apartment, chatting about things geological and paleontological.

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