Mr. President, members of the society, and guests:

I was happy to be one of several members of MSA who nominated R.A. Howie for the Distinguished Public Service Award. Bob is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and winner of its Murchison Award. He is Fellow and current President of the Gemmological Association, a Fellow and onetime President of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and last, but not least, a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. The reason I nominated Bob was because I couldn’t deal with the idea that I had received this...

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