Mr. President, Margo and family, distinguished guests, and fellow mineralogists:

It is indeed a great honor to be the Roebling Medal citationist, but it is also with great sadness that Joe Boyd, the recipient, is not among us to celebrate the occasion and to personally receive MSA’s most prestigious award.

In nominating Joe, I was joined by a distinguished group of scientists that included Doug Smith (Texas), Dean Presnall (Texas), Peter Nixon (Leeds), Nick Sobolev (Novosibersk), and jointly by Rick Carlson, Steve Shirey, and Yingwei Fei (Carnegie), all of whom had close associations with Joe, and all of whom commented...

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