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Wallace Mann
(1934-    )

Wallace "Wally" Mann was born in New York City on October 9, 1934, the son of Florence Fisk and Jacob J. Mann, a surgical supplies salesman. The family moved to Meriden, Connecticut around 1940, and then settled permanently in Dallas, Texas when Wally was 11.

Wally played football and ran track at Forest Avenue High School. Following graduation he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in Geology and is still an active alumnus. Wally met Gail Trepel at OU, and they married in 1955; together they have two sons, Jeffrey and Michael. They will celebrate 62 years of marriage in 2017 and have been blessed with two grandsons and one granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

Wally served a six-month stint as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Corp of Engineers after receiving both a Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees at OU. He then went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Company in New Orleans in the fall of 1957 as a production geologist. In 1968-1969, Wally received the New Orleans Geological Society Award for outstanding service.

Wally and Gail moved to Dallas in 1970, where he became a partner in his father's commercial flooring company. His two sons formed Hill Country Exploration, Inc. in 1995, and they asked Wally to be their geologist. They are still at it in 2017.

Wally's passing interest in minerals exploded into a passion for fine minerals when he discovered the Arizona-I Issue of the Mineralogical Record in 1980. In April, 1981 Wally joined the Mineralogical Association of Dallas (MAD) and found a host of passionate collectors who have since become friends. He made his first trip to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in 1982. Betty and Ken Roberts and Miriam and Julie Zweibel were his original mineral connections, but at Tucson Wally began to expand his network and his knowledge base. He has a complete set of Mineralogical Records now, and loves classic, antiquarian mineral books.

In 1984 Wally's miniature Tsumeb dioptase specimen won Best of Show at the Tucson Show, and in1987 his miniature Emerald won Best of Show. In recent years, his small cabinet specimen of California gold and miniature Red Cloud mine wulfenite (an Ed Over piece) also won Best of Show.

In 2009, the MAD group and the HAMS group in Houston started an important trend when the Mineralogical Record published a supplement called "Private Mineral Collections in Texas." Wally and Gary White of Houston spearheaded this major undertaking.

Wally sold his small but select mineral collection in 2012, but his passion continues to this day with his second collection. Even at his age of 82 he still eagerly awaits the next Mineralogical Record. He has been a proud Fellow of the Mineralogical Record since 2012.

Since Wally began working less as a geologist in 2005, Rob Lavinsky of The Arkenstone has allowed him the privilege of playing with "rocks" and helping out around the Arkenstone office to the present day.
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