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John W. Anthony

John Williams Anthony, mineralogist and professor emeritus, was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on November 25, 1920, the son of Italian immigrants Phylliss (Felecei, Felecatta) and Dominic Murray Anthony (Antonio, Antonangeli), a railyard engineer and brakeman. As a young boy John first experienced the Arizona desert when his father managed a polymetallic mine in the Cerbat Mountains near Kingman for a year in the 1920s before returning east to Boston. He attended Hebron Preparatory School, then enrolled at Stevens Technical Institute with the idea of becoming an engineer. After transferring to Brown University, however, he discovered an intense interest in geology and mineralogy.

John's education was interrupted by World War II, but after the war he completed his B.S. Degree in Geology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 1946 he accepted a position as mineralogist for the Arizona Bureau of Mines, and for the next few years gained extensive experience with the minerals and ore deposits of the state, while simultaneously attending graduate classes at the university. In 1951 he was awarded his M.S. Degree from the University of Arizona, and resigned from the Bureau of Mines to accept a position teaching mineralogy and ore microscopy at the university. In 1965 John completed his PhD under the guidance of Clifford Frondel at Harvard University, and continued teaching in the Geology Department in Tucson for the rest of his career, including two years as Department Chairman, and 25 years in charge of the University of Arizona Mineral Museum.

John described the new species kinoite and hemihedrite, and solved the crystal structures of a number of minerals (including legrandite, hemihedite, connellite, yavapaiite and jurbanite). The Arizona Alumni Association presented him with their Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 1967. His contributions to popular mineralogy were recognized in 1979 by the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies American Federation Scholarship Foundation Award and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Lifetime Award in 1985. The new mineral species anthonyite was named in his honor in 1967 by his close friend Sid Williams. He retired from active teaching in 1986, and thereafter concentrated professionally on the Handbook of Mineralogy project and a second edition of his major work, Mineralogy of Arizona (the first edition appeared in 1977).

He married, first, Arline A. Bateman (1923-2000) and, second, Dr. Elizabeth Y. "Libby" ____, and was survived by three children: John Jr., Ryan and Dorrie. He died November 8, 1992.

BLADH, K. (1994) John Williams Anthony (1920-1992). American Mineralogist, 79, 782-784.
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