It is with a mixture of sorrow at our loss and pride in his accomplishments that we note the passing of Gene Pierson, Emeritus Staff Geologist, on November 16th, 2010. Gene became Staff Geologist in 1966 and was an essential part of our growth through the 1970s and 80s. He will be remembered fondly for his concern about student success and his enthusiastic participation in department field trips. Rafting with Tom Benson, field camps, the San Andreas Fault trip with Tom and Ansel Johnson, many trips to Hawaii, the list is long and includes many of you. A Geology remembrance event will be held in the spring.