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Bob Carnein
(1943-    )

Carl Robert "Bob" Carnein was born in Philadelphia on November 2, 1943, the son of Catherine T. and Frank A. Carnein, a federal and, later, Ohio state corrections employee. He grew up in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania until he was 12, when his family moved to Danbury, Connecticut. There he began collecting minerals in 1954, as a junior high school student. Fellow student Harold H. Banks introduced him to Ronald E. Januzzi, owner of the Dinosaur Gift and Mineral Shop in nearby Brewster, New York. Januzzi introduced many young people to mineralogy and crystallography via a series of formal classroom exercises he offered at his shop. He also led trips to many of the classic Connecticut localities, including the Roxbury iron mine, the Roxbury Falls garnet/staurolite locality, the Washington kyanite locality, the Trumbull tungsten mine, and the pegmatites of Branchville and Portland.

Bob moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1959 and after graduating from Chillicothe High School in 1961 he enrolled in Ohio State University's geology program. At Ohio State, he took courses in mineralogy and igneous and metamorphic petrology from Henry Wenden, George E. Moore, Jr., Ernest Ehlers, and others. He received a B.S. in Geology in 1964, an M.S. in Glaciology in 1967 (Carnein Glacier in Antarctica was later named in his honor), and a Ph.D. in Geology in 1976. He began his teaching career at Waynesburg College (in Pennsylvania) in 1970, teaching mineralogy, petrology, economic geology, structural geology, tectonics, geophysics and invertebrate paleontology, in addition to field geology (at Waynesburg's field station in Florissant, Colorado). He and his wife Nell moved to Lock Haven, Pennsylvania in 1989, where he taught most of the above courses, plus hydrogeology at Lock Haven University until retiring in 2007.

Bob's collecting interests focus on crystallography (especially twins) and on the minerals of the Franklin, New Jersey and Cripple Creek, Colorado districts; his collection currently numbers around 1800 specimens. He has written one article for the Mineralogical Record (with Paul J. Bartos): "Famous mineral localities: The Cripple Creek Mining District, Colorado" (2005).

After retiring Bob and Nell moved to Florissant, Colorado, where they currently live.
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