Mr. President, Officers, Councilors and Members of the Mineralogical Society of America, ladies and gentlemen:

It is a distinct honor and my great pleasure to introduce to you Richard S. Fiske, the year 2000 recipient of MSA’s Public Service Medal. Why is this an honor? Well, one is seldom placed in a position to publicly praise the guy who hired you. And no, Dick is not getting the Public Service Medal for having created, back in 1984, an entirely new position for a metamorphic petrologist! It is my pleasure to be able to tell you about Dick’s contributions to a...

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