President Faust, members and guests of the Mineralogical Society of America:

This marks the twenty-fourth occasion in the last twenty-eight years in which the Mineralogical Society of America has made an award of the Roebling Medal. Over these years the history of the medal and the conditions of the award have been so well reviewed and emphasized that it should suffice now merely to remind you that the Roebling Medal represents the preeminent mark of distinction in American Mineralogy— if not indeed, in the entire mineralogical world; and to recall that the award is based simply and wholly on the quality and significance of a man's contributions to the advancement of mineralogical and petrological science.

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