Spanish Fork, Alabama
Edmond Francis Lawrence, age 90, died Sunday, January 4, 2009, in Spanish Fort, Al. He was a born in Bessemer, AL. He lived in Reno for many years, working for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and all over the state of Nevada and internationally for over 40 years as a consulting geologist. In his later years he returned to his native Alabama.
Ed received his B.S. in geology from the University of Alabama, a M.S. from the University of California – Los Angeles and a PhD from the University of California – Riverside. His career as a consulting mining, exploration, and engineering geologist took him all over the world, but Nevada held his heart. He taught geology at Purdue, University of California at the Davis, Riverside and Santa Barbara campuses, as well as the University of Alabama. He was a member of The Geological Society of America for 50 years and was selected as an Honorary Lifetime member of The Geological Society of Nevada. He also was a quite active member of the SME-AIME in various states.
Geology was not just a profession but his passion. He delighted in sharing his knowledge of and collection of “rocks” with school children, universities around the world and anyone who was interested. Ed was widely published and his Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Bulletin 61, Antimony Deposits of Nevada, has been a widely used reference work aiding modern exploration for gold.
Ed was a man of stories. He collected them and created them as he lived his life with energy, vitality, great compassion for others and an all-abiding sense of adventure.