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I wanted to pass this sad news on to the Microanalysis Community.  As we all know, Eric always participated and contributed valuable insight into applying microanalysis to mineralogical and petrologic applications.  He was quite passionate about the use and quality of appropriate standards and analytical conditions for quantitative analysis of minerals and was vocal on these issues in this forum and in other discussion forums.  His contributions and linkage between the microanalysis and mineralogical/geological communities will be missed. 

Jim McGee
James J. McGee
Treasurer, Microbeam Analysis Society (MAS)

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Quoting John Bowman <[log in to unmask]>:

> Dear Colleagues,
> I need to convey the very sad news that Eric J. Essene passed away
> Thursday, May 20, 2010 at home, following a courageous battle with
> cancer.  Eric Essene completed his PhD at the University of
> California, Berkeley in 1967 under the direction of William S. Fyfe.
>   He joined the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in
> 1970, where he enjoyed a very productive and distinguished career,
> retiring in 2009 as the William C. Kelly Chair of Geological
> Sciences. Author of well over 200 scientific publications in
> peer-reviewed journals, Professor Essene made numerous and profound
> contributions in broad areas of mineralogy, petrology, and
> geochemistry. Eric Essene received many awards and honors, including
>  the Bowen Medal in 1991 by the American Geophysical Union; the
> first  Sokol Award in 1993 for excellence in graduate education of
> the  sciences from the University of Michigan; and the Penrose Medal
> for  life-time achievement from the Geological Society of America in
>  2010.  He was elec
> ted Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America in 1981, and
> Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1991. For the last
> several years Eric has not been able to attend scientific meetings.
>  He has kept in touch with the scientific community-often
> daily-through the MSA talk list.  The MSA talk list enabled Eric to
> continue to engage fully in the intellectual discourse at which he
> clearly excelled and which he deeply loved.  Our scientific
> community has lost a vibrant and dynamic colleague who possessed a
> keen, adventuresome intellect.  He will be greatly missed!
> Sincerely,
> John Bowman