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November-December 2009

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In Memoriam

Steven Alan Pullman (1947–2009)




It was a hot August day, about twenty years ago. Steve and I were sitting in the sparse shade of a little tree on a steep talus slope on the side of Thompson Peak, in northeastern California. We had just spent a moderately successful morning collecting muscovite and schorl and were eating apples while we discussed our afternoon’s plans. I said, “Today’s your birthday. Is there anything special you’d like to do for the rest of the day?” Steve continued to look off in the distance and said, “We’re already doing it.”
That was typical of Steve; he enjoyed being a geologist. He was a great field companion, with enthusiasm for both geology and his surroundings. He was a careful and tireless collector, but he was never in such a hurry that he did not take the time to stop and look at the view or watch a hawk fly past. And he was a good cook, too!


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