Mr. President, Ladies, and Gentlemen:

What a surprise and an honor to be singled out for the Distinguished Public Service Medal for 2004 by the Mineralogical Society of America! This year is indeed special, as it ushers in a new era of communication and collaboration among the major mineralogical and geochemical societies; witness the impressive inaugural issue of Elements, our common venture. The award of this medal to someone closely associated with the Mineralogical Association of Canada over the years sends the same signal, that the time has come to recognize each other’s achievements much more so than in...

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