The passing of Ronald Pearson Tripp marks the end of the career of a great trilobite taxonomist and one of the last great “gentleman geologists.” I had the pleasure of knowing him personally since 1973.

I first became aware of Ron Tripp while reading the trilobite volume of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology (1959), of which he was co-author. In 1973 I began the challenge of conducting trilobite research for publication, in spite of the fact that I had not yet completed an undergraduate degree in Geology. Concerning the trilobite family Encrinuridae, this study soon led me to seek the...

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