President Franklin, members and friends of the Society of Economic Geologists: Looking back 10 to 20 years at those who have been granted this medal, I see people who are now among the leaders of our profession. Their subsequent careers are examples of academic excellence and ever-increasing service to the community of economic geologists, and this is quite a challenge to follow.

As is the case for many of us during our student careers, it was the personal interaction with professors that was very influential during my formative years. At Macalester College, I became enthused about geology, despite the normal...

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