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Gaius Foster Paddock

Gaius Foster Paddock was born in Alton, Madison County, Illinois on April 3, 1866, the son of Sarah Josepha Foster and Gaius Paddock (1836-1936), a prosperous farmer and partner in the Paddock & Hawley Iron Company in St. Louis. He attended the Episcopal Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut, and then enrolled at the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale, graduating with a degree in chemistry in 1890.

Following graduation he worked as a chemist for the Homestead Steel Works in Munhall, Pennsylvania (1890-1891), then as chemist and manager of the San Luis Mining and Reduction Company in Sonora, Mexico (1891-1893). Joining his father's firm, he then served as Corresponding Secretary until 1905, and thereafter worked in the insurance business for F. Churchill Wittimore Company in St. Louis (1906-1916). He married Winifred Hawley (16 years his junior) in 1923 (no children). He died in Boston (death following an operation) on March 7, 1932, at the age of 65.

There is no direct evidence that Paddock maintained a personal mineral collection, but working as manager and chemist for mining companies surely required that he be reasonably proficient in mineralogy. And having the illustrious coterie of mineralogists at Yale as his instructors certainly must have given him an appreciation for the mineral world. Shown at right is one of his calling cards adapted for use as a mineral specimen label, conveying to Prof. George Jarvis Brush a specimen of azurite which Paddock may well have self-collected at Bisbee on the way back from his mining venture in Mexico.
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