Bennie Wyatt Troxel passed away on 20 February 2017; he was 96. Anyone who knew Bennie knows what a loss this was to our community. His death marks the passing of both a great scientist and a great human being. We present this tribute here in Geology because many readers are probably unaware that Bennie was the person responsible for the creation of this journal in the 1970s. Bennie was the science editor for GSA at the time, and he recognized the need for a journal emphasizing short, potentially controversial, articles of broad interest in those early years of the...

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