Thinking about Max, a good and kind man who will be missed by many, especially by mom. We are going on a boat tour of the river delta from the local state park this morning, something that I know Max would have loved to do. I think we will sprinkle a few Arizona meteorites along the park trails in Max's memory, and maybe some kids will find them and become as facinated as Max was with nature and life.
Max was in charge of the 1988 meeting of The Clay Mineral Society. The meeting was held in Grand Rapids rather than East Lansing and all went well. In addition to organizing and energizing the meeting, what made this meeting stand out from all others was Max and a small group gave a concert of Medieval music, in costume, with Max as the countertenor. In spite of all the responsibilities of organizing the meeting, Max was as calm and pleasant as he always was at any of the many meetings of The Clay Mineral Society through the years. Max's contributions to the discipline of clay mineralogy are many and significant. His influence will extend through future generations of clay mineralogists, and, I'm sure, many others.
Duane (Dewey) Moore
My thoughts and prayers go to Max entire family. May he rest in peace.
An honest and admirable man. My sympathy to his family. I was saddened to see that Max had died.
Dr. Mortland was the most accomplished soil scientist I ever met. I can still remember the time he walked in A525 PSSB to check his old bookshelf and the instruments routinely. My sincerest condolences to his family and may he rest in peace in heaven.
So many memories! Our 5th floor Plant and Soil Sciences Building bridge buddy is no longer with us; a man of many talents - internationally recognized scientist, mentor, tennis enthusiast, excellent singer, bridge player, and fellow Illinois soils guy. You will be missed, my friend. May God give comfort and solace to Betty and the family.
I have been inspired by Max's great research work since I started my graduate study. I also enjoyed the time with him after I joined MSU. Please accept my condolences. May your father rest peacefully in heaven.
My brother and I went to ELHS with you, and our fathers were at MSU at the same time. We send our condolences. It is a great loss now that almost the whole generation that came to MSU after WW II is now gone. It was a dedicated and hard-working group of professors that made MSU what it is today (a great university!) We can both celebrate the lives of our fathers who lived meaningful and long lives of service.
Sincerely, Beth Greer Cafagna (ELHS '67) and Tom Greer (ELHS '66)
our father was Thomas Greer, MSU Humanities Dept.
He was such a Gentleman
So many interests and adventures
Such a role model
Our thoughts are with you at this sad and celebratorial time
May your father and friend rest in peace now after his daily battle to survive........all of you took good care of him and showed your love in many ways..
We are sorry for your loss..Hopefully, you will treasure your memories....
With our Love,
Guy and Willie