President Large, distinguished guests, members, and friends of the Society:
It is my pleasure today to present Donald M. Davidson, Jr. as the 2004 recipient
of the Ralph W. Marsden Award. Ralph Marsden was a premier expert on the geology
of iron ores and a distinguished member of the Society. He ably served the
Society, the SEG Foundation and the Economic Geology Publishing Company (PUBCO)
as Treasurer from 1976 until his untimely death in late 1986. His outstanding
service and contributions to all three organizations were recognized shortly
thereafter with the establishment of this award bearing his name.