I want to thank the Mineralogical Association of Canada for honoring me with the Past-President's medal. When I compare my accomplishments with those of other recipients of the Past-President's Medal, I realize how little I have done. To paraphrase Tom Lehrer, "It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for 30 years."
I feel fortunate to have had a career which has been made more interesting and enjoyable by my having worked with a number of outstanding scientists.
I first want to acknowledge my late parents who encouraged me to hop on a plane and travel 1500 miles from home to attend Yale University. The academic environment there encouraged me to consider graduate study in geology. I was in the same class as Dick Armstrong (late of UBC). Needless to say Dick was in a class by himself, even as an undergraduate.
I was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley at a particularly good time to study metamorphism. My supervisor was Bill Fyfe, an inspirational mentor who emphasized a critical approach to research. For metamorphic petrology, Frank Turner, and for metamorphic structure, Lionel Weiss, were extremely valuable teachers. I was blessed by being at Berkeley at the same time as a number of outstanding graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. These included: Dan Weill, Win Means, Greg Davis, Mike Holdaway, Ned Brown, Weecha Crawford, Roger Burns, Bernard Evans, and Eric Essene. I even overlapped with Dugald Carmichael for one semester.
I was lucky to have obtained an Assistant Professorship at Calgary in 1967. The Department then had 9 faculty and I was "the petrologist." We now number over 30 faculty and have become an outstanding research-oriented institution. My colleagues at Calgary have been great. I particularly want to acknowledge Phil Simony, with whom I have collaborated on research for over 35 years. My work on metamorphism in southeastern British Columbia would have not succeeded without his contributions, both as researcher and as a friend. In addition I have worked with a number of other colleagues. I have learned a lot about thermodynamics and phase equilibria from Jim Nicholls and Terry Gordon. They have been incredibly patient answering my simple-minded questions. I would not have had much to write about without Mavis Stout's careful laboratory work. I particularly want to mention some of my graduate students, Chris Devries, Rob Raeside, James Sevigny, Mitch Mihalynuk, Len Gal, and Kelly Russell. Kelly saw the light and switched to volcanic rocks. I have had some outstanding post-doctoral fellows: Donna Whitney, Cambria Denison, Jim Crowley, and Doug Tinkham.
Canada has been a great environment to study metamorphism. Aside from having the most isograd-miles on Earth (to quote J.B. Thompson), it has had a disproportionately large number of outstanding metamorphic petrologists and geochemists: Hugh Greenwood, Terry Gordon, Jim Nicholls, George Skippen, Greg Anderson, Dugald Carmichael, Ralph Kretz, Edgar Froese, Tom Brown, Rob Berman, Greg Dipple and Dave Pattison. I should acknowledge the contributions of many other people, but I recognize that I have limited time and space.
Finally I want to thank my wife, Gretchen, for putting up with my absences and my oftentimes misplaced devotion to my career. She has always been there to support me.