President Price, members of the Society, ladies and gentlemen: I remember the sad day in 1986 when Ralph Marsden died. It happened during the annual meeting of the Society in San Antonio and Ralph, a key figure in the affairs of the Society, was greatly missed. He was treasurer to the Society, the Foundation, and the Economic Geology Publishing Company. He was conservative, hard working, efficient, and modest. I am the first to admit that I am not cast in the same mold as Ralph, but I am greatly honored to have been selected to receive the medal and for...

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