Gerhard Breust was born on February 8, 1935 in Oker near Goslar in the Harz Mountains of Germany. He was a horticulture engineer by profession, working for the Parks and Gardens Department of the city of Speyer. He married Edeltraut Jannek (born December 30, 1932 in Bolleinen near Koenigsberg in Eastern Prussia) in 1959 and they soon settled in Dudenhofen near Speyer in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Together they have two children.
Gerhard and Edeltraut were members of the German "Association of the Friends of Mineralogy and Geology" (VFMG), specifically of the local geographic section of the VFMG called the "Pfalz" (Palatinate) section since its establishment in 1968. With friends from the local section Gerhard visited countless mineral shows, and even traveled to see the Tucson Show about ten times. Gerhard was also an avid field collector; he collected principally in his homeland of the Harz Mountains and the Rhineland-Palatinate, but he also field collected in England with Richard Barstow (q.v.). He traveled to England on collecting trips about 15 times, and visited Gunnislake in Cornwall, among other famous localities. After the tragic death of Richard Barstow, Gerhard was able to acquire some specimens from the Barstow collection. He also collected specimens from worldwide localities.
Gerhard sold his collection in 2008, when he and Edeltraut moved into an assisted living facility in Pforzheim, the city where their daughter Ute Heidl lives with her family. Gerhard Breust died on June 6, 2012, of heart failure. Ute Heidl has kept some specimens from her parents' collection, but the bulk of it is now spread over the whole world.
Ute Heidl, Pforzheim and Adam Seigfried, Pforzheim.
Text and translation:
Werner Wurster, Pfinztal.
Courtesy of Ute Heidel
From the collection of Werner Wurster
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Written on the back: Specimen purchased February 5, 1985
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Written in the back: Purchased July 1, 1979, from Eugene Schlepp of Tucson, Arizona.