Mel has been a member of this Club since 2013, and what a tremendous asset he has been. It pretty much goes without saying he is sorely missed. Rocks and minerals were his passion as he attested through his collection, deep knowledge, expertise, unparalleled enthusiasm, and willingness to share it with others. His numerous contributions to this site’s blog are truly a testament to his love of this hobby with articles ranging from showcasing mineral and gem art to technical analysis.
His presence at our meetings is sorely missed as confirmed by the member’s reminiscences:
He was a really nice person. Always ready to give a helping hand. He could identify just about anything you brought to him. Always kind and happy… and he loved cheesecake.
Marty and Linda
Mel was not only the smartest person that I have ever met, but he was also one of the kindest people I have known. When he was talking about minerals, his enthusiasm and joy were infectious. He loved to share his knowledge, and I learned so much from him. He is missed.
Mel was the most knowledgeable member of this club and would always share his expertise with the rocks that we had questions about.
He invited Jeanne and me to view his collection, which mostly consisted of metallic minerals and learned about his work at Los Alamos with some of the world’s brightest physicists.
He was generous with his time and energy and was a treat to have known.
Jay and Jeanne