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Paul Patchick

Paul Francis Patchick was born in Los Angeles on July 22, 1929, and graduated from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles in 1947. He trained as a geologist, and started collecting minerals as a freshman in college. He was an active field collector, and dug many hundreds of specimens, then traded up for finer examples.

Patchick could read and speak Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Consequently, when he entered the Service in 1953 he was assigned to the Engineer Intelligence Division at Eighth Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea, where he had contact with Korean mining activities. This gave him the opportinuty to visit important Korean mineral localities such as the Tae Wha mine, collect specimens and develop contacts with the miners and mining officials. His travels as a geologist, to other places in the Orient and countries in Central America, regularly gave him the chance to self-collect minerals at many famous occurrences.

Patchick exhibited his collection frequently at California shows beginning in 1947, and had his first win in State competition in 1950 in Trona, California; he won Best in Division again at the Pomona Show in 1961. In 1971 at the Ventura Show his macro-specimens lost to Wayne Leicht's micromounts for Best in Show by just one point. By 1972 he had accumulated 46 awards (including 19 blue ribbons for First Place) for his displays.

Patchick wrote "A Geologist's notes on the Ivanpah Mountains," Desert (May, 1961). He also wrote a geological disaster novel called Eruption (1980), and was a big collector of seashells. He was a member of the American Institute of Petroleum Geologists, and was a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He passed away on January 25, 2014, at the age of 84.

PATCHICK, P.F. (1956) A Korean collecting adventure. Rocks & Minerals, 31 (7-8), 339-345.
PATCHIK, P.F. (1972) How to know prize-winning minerals. Rock & Gem, 2 (8), 38-43.
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Pacific Grove address;
Label for a specimen self-collected by Patchick in 1976
The Mineralogical Record - Paul Patchick 40 x 69 mm (front and back shown),
Pacific Grove address.
Label for a specimen Patchick self-collected in Korea in 1955.
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The Mineralogical Record - Paul Patchick 26 x 73 mm (front and back shown),
La Mirada address
The Mineralogical Record - Paul Patchick 24 x 72 mm (front and back shown),
Pebble Beach address;
Label for a specimen pictured in Patchick's article on competitive exhibiting in the August 1972 issue of Rock & Gem
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