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Arthur E. Smith

Arthur Edward Smith, Jr. was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on May 29, 1935, the son of Carol Gilcher (Smith) and Arthur E. Smith, Sr. He attended Bergenfield High School with his brothers Richard and Robert, but it was not until his years at Wheaton College in Illinois that he was exposed to geology and mineralogy. He graduated from Wheaton with a degree in Geology in 1957, then went on to earn his Master's Degree at the University of Missouri in 1959. After a stint as a geologist for the Army Corps of Engineers, he was hired by Texaco in 1963, and worked as an exploration geologist in the salt dome areas of Texas and Louisiana. He retired in 2000 when the company he worked for, the Murphy H. Baxter Corporation, was sold. Art began collecting minerals seriously in college in 1956, focusing on field collecting in Maine and New Hampshire, and after his move to Texas in 1963 to work in the oil and gas industry he joined the Houston Gem and Mineral Society and was a co-founder of the Mineral Section. He took control of the club's library and eventually built it into one of the finest society libraries in the United States. He also built the society's specimen inventory for the assembly of study collections to donate to schools.

Art became an expert in the mineral localities of Texas and Arkansas. In 1973 he helped found the informal Coon Creek organization, focusing on mineral collecting in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. He was also an avid micromounter and collector of rare species. He published his magnum opus, Collecting Arkansas Minerals, in 1995, and was a contributor of over 100 articles to Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Minerals (as Consulting Editor since 1987), Matrix, Gems & Minerals, Lapidary Journal, Lapis, and Mineral News. He also compiled research bibliographies on various subjects which he distributed freely.

Art married Elizabeth Jean "Betty Jean" Kim and together they had one son, Brett. Following her death in 2008 he married Nancy Farah.

Art was known for his support of local mineral organizations, his willingness to share information, his encouragement of young collectors, his kindness and his intelligence. The mineral artsmithite was named in his honor in 2003. He died of cancer on November 12, 2009.

JACOBSON, M. I. (2010) Arthur Edward Smith, Jr. Rocks & Minerals, 85 (2), 183-185.
NIKISCHER, T. (2009) Deceased: Arthur E. Smith, Jr. (1935-2009). Mineral News, 25 (11), 1, 3.
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