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Re: Dick Peirce passed away

Dick always came to our DML breakfasts, camera in hand, with photos from previous years to show. His ever-present Gen. Montgomery beret made him stand out in the SVP crowd, along with his friendly demeanor and obvious enthusiasm for all things to do with paleontology. The last few years, he brought a voice recorder with him and could be seen "talking to himself" about happenings at the meetings. Dick always generously shared these observations/meeting histories, and I know that he donated a number of his meeting pictures to the SVP archives.

My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Nancy. He will be missed.


-----Original Message-----
From: Todd Marshall <toddsmarshall@earthlink.net>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Sent: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 9:45 am
Subject: RE: Dick Peirce passed away

I am truly sorry to hear this. Dick will be terribly missed. Dick was always
so up-beat and super friendly at all the SVP meetings I've attended. He
always had wonderful things to share with all of us, especially at our DML
breakfasts. My sympathies to all his family and friends.



-----Original Message-----
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 6:00 AM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Dick Peirce passed away

Forwarded from the Vrtpaleo list. Dick Peirce was a long-time DML
member--he will be missed.

In a message dated 12/19/2007 3:03:27 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
jfoster@westcomuseum.org writes:

Dick Peirce passed away Dec. 17 in Grand Junction, CO, due to complications
from a previous surgery. Dick taught biology at Pasadena Community College
for more than 30 years. He was an enthusiastic member of SVP, a seven-year
volunteer at the Museum of Western Colorado, and specialized in picking,
sorting, and preparing microvertebrate fossils. Over the years, Dick was
very active in collecting at the Fruita Paleo Area, Como Bluff, and the
Black Hills, where he would spend many hours breaking rock in search of
mammals, lizards, sphenodontids, and other less glamorous members of the
Morrison fauna. A memorial service will be held sometime in the spring of
2008. Letters and thoughts to be passed on to his wife Nancy may be sent to
the Museum of Western Colorado, 550 Jurassic Court, Fruita, Colorado

John ___________________________________

John Foster
Museum of Western Colorado

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