When Dick was a young boy growing up in North Carolina, his father took him rock hunting, and Dick found his first amethyst crystal. I can picture the smile on his face and the gleam in his eye. That joyful adventure with his dad, one of many, was the genesis of a rich and rewarding career as a geologist and a lifelong passion for rocks and minerals. By the time Dick was ready for college, he'd already put together an excellent collection of rocks and minerals. Dick attended East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina, where he majored in geology. He continued on at ECU to earn his master's degree in geology. His thesis was titled “Geology of Lower Santa Clara Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico.”
Frank J. Daniels, a retired district attorney and collector, is the author of Petrified Wood: The World of Fossilized Wood, Cones, Ferns, and Cycads and coauthor with Dick Dayvault of Ancient Forests: A Closer Look at Fossil Wood; he was inducted into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame in 2004.