President Dow, fellow members, and guests: I’m deeply honored to receive the Ralph Marsden award recognizing my contributions to the Society. To be placed in the same company with Ernie Ohle, Paul Sims, Clay Smith, Brian Skinner, and 12 other deserving Society members, including John Thoms, is indeed very special. I, also, had the privilege of meeting Ralph Marsden during my first SEG Council meeting in 1986.

It has been customary for the Marsden awardees to review some of the events that led to their Society activities, and I will do so briefly. In the fall of 1985, I received...

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