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Dr. John Moss GUILBERT


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Dr.  John Moss GUILBERT Obituary
GUILBERT, Dr. John Moss 86, world renowned Economic Geologist & Professor Emeritus in Geosciences at UofAZ left this earthly plane on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. He passed peacefully, with loved ones, after living a long life full of curious optimism. Dr. Guilbert lived in Tucson for more than 50 years and resided in Oro Valley. Born in Newton, MA, May 12, 1931, he grew up in Dedham, MA, attended school near the Patagonia Mts. Of S. AZ and began his academic career at UofNC where he received his BS in 1953; MS in 1955 and PhD in 1962, both from UofWI, studying Geology. He met and married the love of his life, Mary Willing Clymer, June 19, 1954; they lived in MT for several years and welcomed four children, Anne, David, Linda and Paul. In Butte, MT John established, with just a few specimens and tools, The World Museum of Mining. He began teaching geology at UofAZ in 1965, and had profound influence in Economic Geology around the world, in N. America, S. America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. Achievements include developing the prosperous Bajo de la Alumbrera copper mine in Argentina after discovering it in 1976 and authoring the classic economic geology textbook in 1986, "The Geology of Ore Deposits" (with C.F. Park Jr.), still used today. He was an esteemed member of the Society of Economic Geologists since 1965 and worked on the most important breakthrough in mineral exploration in the last 100 years, the Porphyry Copper Model, co-authored with Dr. J.D. Lowell. This led to him being the recipient of mining's two most prestigious awards, back-to-back, the R.A.F. Penrose Medal and D.C. Jackling Award. Since retirement in 1993 he was involved in numerous organizations, including OLLI/SAGE and served as board member for organizations of interest. In addition to hobbies of tennis and hiking, Dr. Guilbert continued to learn and teach for the rest of his days; he was a consummate academic and teacher at heart. His receipt of other awards and commendations throughout his lifetime is countless. Dr. Guilbert is survived by children, Linda Guilbert Johnson and Paul Clymer Guilbert (Celeste) and daughter-in-law, Sharon Myers. He had numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren, plus was able to see the generation of great-grandchildren begin. He also leaves behind several beloved nieces, nephews and some life-long friends. He was preceded in death by wife, Mary Clymer Guilbert; after nearly 50 wonderful years of marriage; son, David Moss Guilbert; daughter, Anne Guilbert Richie and sisters, Anne Peeples (Jack) and Carol Dewar (Robert). He also lost the second love of his life, Jan Harelson; she was a longtime friend of John and Mary's, who helped pick up the pieces after Mary passed, with her blessing. A Remembrance for Dr. Guilbert will be held at Tohono Chul Park located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704, on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 5L00 p.m.; all are welcome to attend. Arrive early to enjoy the park, a wonderful botanical garden that John loved. As he was a dedicated philanthropist to lots of causes near and dear, please, in lieu of flowers, make a donation to Primavera Foundation, Community Food Bank or in Dr. Guilbert's name. And go check out some rocks. "I developed an early curiosity -as a teenage boy- in the prospects, mines, rocks, structures and alteration zones of the Patagonia Mts. of S.AZ; I thank them."-Dr. John Guilbert Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 29, 2017
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