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Through the ‘Scope: The Year in Micromounting—2009 Was a Year of Disturbance

The year 2009 saw a great “Disturbance in the Force,” partly for me, since I experienced a retinal detachment in my right eye while visiting mines in Africa. The restorative operation in Moshi, Tanzania, was successful, but it kept me away from the microscope for a good four months. Still, my part in the disturbance was tiny compared to some of the major losses experienced by the micromount community. Here are some of them.

Neil Wintringham died on 31 January. Neil, who received his MS in geology at Cornell in 1947, spent much of his career as a science teacher, and like many mineral collectors, “graduated” to micromounting, amassing a major collection. Neil received the NJSTA Distinguished Service New Jersey Earth Science Education Presidential Award also and was honored as Outstanding Earth Science Teacher by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. He was an Elected Honored Member of the Leidy Microscopical Society; director of the Pennsylvania Chapter, Friends of Mineralogy; and a member of the Mineralogical Society of America, the Maine Geological Survey, and other groups. His mineral preferences concentrated on the Franklin area, from which he had a large collection.

Quintin Wight is the author of The Complete Book of Micromounting (Mineralogical Record, 1993).

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