[Coral-List] Bob Ginsburg's passing

Jim Hendee jim.hendee at noaa.gov
Wed Jul 12 21:42:41 EDT 2017

Oh, my goodness.  So sorry to hear this.  I'll never forget Bob visiting 
Peter Glynn and I at Lee Stocking Island and showing and telling us 
about the uniqueness of stromatolites.  Diving with The Man of 
Stromatolites and such a great mentor of the geology of coral reefs.  
And watching with him work with Judy Lang and Phil Kramer on the 
development of the great Atlantic monitoring protocol.  Such a great 
guy, such a great pioneer.  I hadn't seen him in a while, but I will 
miss him nonetheless.  A big sigh for sure. :'(

On 7/10/17 12:13 PM, Eugene Shinn wrote:
>      With great sadness I regret to report that Robert N. Ginsburg, (Most
> of you know as Bob) passed away July 9, 2017. Bob was 91 and had been in
> assisted living for the past few years. Few individuals have influenced
> the course of carbonate geology and coral reef studies more over the
> past 60 years than Robert Nathan Ginsburg. Had he not set the course,
> comparative sedimentology as we now know it might never have flourished.
> More important, though, was Bob’s rare ability to influence those around
> him to think, to ask the “So what?” or “What does it mean?” questions
> that we so often forget to ask. Bob can be likened to a Renaissance man,
> a visiting scholar from the past centuries. His approach to science was
> both philosophical and pragmatic, a natural historian’s attitude that at
> first seems out of step with today’s high-tech computer model-driven
> science. We will all miss him. Gene

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