Dr. Richard (Dick) W. Berry, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University, passed away suddenly at his home in Avon, Connecticut, on March 10, 2014, in the company of his wife, JoAnne. Dick had undergone heart surgery back in November 2013 but had been quite upbeat and positive about the results and seemingly on the mend. Around Valentine’s Day he reported feeling great and was putting the final coat of polyurethane on a cabinet of drawers for his mineral specimens.

Dick enjoyed a rich academic career focused on clay mineralogy and was a long-time member and valued...

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