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Alfred L. Standfast

Dr. Al Standfast was a well-known New York mineral collector, micromounter and micromount photographer specializing in the minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey. He would drive from his home in New York to Franklin religiously to attend the meetings of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society and mineral shows. He and his driver, Walt (his son-in-law), did so for decades. Al was an avid Franklin mineral enthusiast with one of his better known contributions being the photomicrography which was often published in the Picking Table and of which an important slide collection remains.

Alfred Lionel Standfast was born in Queens, New York on March 3, 1903, the son of British immigrants Margaret J. and John Standfast, a court stenographer. Alfred interned at St. John's Hospital in Brooklyn and graduated from the Columbia School of Medicine in 1929. He married Lois Edra McAdams (1904-2000) around 1930 and they moved to Alaska, where he practiced medicine and raised racing sled-dogs. After several years they moved to Rochester, New York, where he worked as a hospital physician and radiologist. They had three children: Barbara Ann (1934), Susan J. (1936) and Robert L. (1938). From 1942 until his death they lived in Binghamton, New York, where he served on the staff of the Binghamton General Hospital and the Ideal Hospital in Endicott, New York.

Alfred Standfast died in Binghamton on October 21, 1993, and was buried in Lincoln, Kansas (his wife's home town).
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