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Dedication Ceremony for ISRM Past-President John Franklin

A 1.5 tonne piece of black anorthosite was donated by Mr Tom Palangio of WipWare in North Bay, Ontario, in memory of Dr John Franklin, past president of the ISRM, who passed away in 2012. The rock is in the University of Waterloo Peter Russell Rock Garden, an award-winning display of large rocks from around Canada.

The ceremony took place in May, and Dr Franklin's wife Kersty was in attendance, as well as various friends from Canada. Kersty spread John's ashes on and around the rock, and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. It was an emotional but happy ceremony as we remembered John's dedication to Science and Rock Mechanics. He was very demanding of high quality work, and we remembered his unceasing energy to the very end of his capabilities as he battled Parkinson's Disease for well over a decade. His contributions are well remembered.

Maurice B Dusseault