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John Clark Lahr, 64, passed away on 17 March 2009 at his home in Corvallis, Oregon, from malignant brain cancer. John was a curious, resourceful, hands-on seismologist who increased understanding of earthquakes, tectonics, and volcanic processes, particularly in Alaska. He inspired teachers and youngsters to listen to and explore the Earth, and his enthusiasm and generosity touched many lives.

Born in 1944 in Indianapolis, John lived most of his school years in Buffalo, New York, where he loved taking things apart to understand how they worked and then how they could be fixed or improved. This quality endured throughout his...

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