President Hedenquist, members, and guests: First, I would like to thank Rich Goldfarb for such a mellifluous citation dressed in such sartorial splendor. Citationist Rob Kerrich would have been proud of this oratorical effort on his behalf.

When I was a young graduate, it would have seemed impossible to have been awarded a medal that geological legends such as Lindgren, White, and Emmons had won before I was born. Having been awarded the Penrose Medal, I was forced to look back on the fortunate conjunction (one of Rob Kerrich’s favorite terms) of circumstances that led to this great honor, and...

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