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Arthur Roe

Arthur Steadman Roe was born in Victor, Colorado, on August 22, 1912, the son of Gertrude Viola Lamb and William Steadman Roe, a high school principal. He married Barbara Jane Garfitt (1916-2009) in 1939 in Evanston, Illinois, and together they had three sons (William, Arthur and Neill). He earned his AB Degree from Oberlin College in 1933, his MA from Colorado College in 1935, and his a PhD in Chemistry at Northwestern University in 1938 (thesis: "Studies in the Ketene Series"). He taught Chemistry at Colorado College (1933-1935), Northwestern University (1935-1938), DePaul University (1937), the University of Oklahoma (1938-1939), the University of Illinois (1939-1941), and the University of North Carolina (1941-1971). At UNC he rose to Full Professor, served as Director of the Radioisotope lab, Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences, and Chairman of the Chemistry Department. Moving to Washington, DC, he worked for the National Science Foundation as Head of the Course Content and Improvement Section (1959-1960), Head of the Planning Group for Educational and International Activities (1960-1962), and Head of the Office for Interntional Science Activities (1961-1971). He retired to Tucson, Arizona and died there on April 27, 1993.

Micromounters' Hall of Fame notes:

Art's early interest in microminerals stemmed from sessions at the office of Lazard Cahn (member of the Micromounters Hall of Fame) with Cecil Graves, Willet R. Willis and other members of the Colorado Springs micromount group. A charter member and past president of the Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area and a member of the Baltimore Mineral Society, Art contributed regularly to programs of both organizations and to their micromount symposia, lecturing on chemical and mineralogical subjects. He was instrumental in organizing and has chaired the micromount symposia at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society annual shows. This event is now the Arthur Roe Memorial Micromount Symposium. He organized and supported the micromount group of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society. He has written many mineralogical articles for publication including several for the Mineralogical Record; those in the Arizona II issue are particularly noteworthy. Art volunteered his mineralogical expertise at the National Museum of Natural History while living in Washington, DC, and at both the University of Arizona Mineral Museum and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum after moving to Tucson. He has performed many services for the micromounter and mineral collector, including X-ray identification of minerals. He also established micromount collections, each now consisting of about 2,000 specimens, at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum and at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. His lectures are eagerly sought by micromount groups and mineral clubs. His slide program on impaled crystals and inclusions is unique. He was inducted into the Micromounters' Hall of Fame in 1983.

Who's Who in America (1974-1975), 38th edition, p.2617.
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