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November 12, 2000


RENO, NV — The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that former President Samuel S. Adams will receive the William B. Heroy, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, an affiliated member society. The AGI Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Carson Room of the Reno Hilton Hotel in Reno, Nevada. The Heroy Award is presented annually to a geoscientist in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute and to the geoscience profession.

 “Sam is an outstanding supporter of AGI and a ‘cheerleader’ for the geosciences,” says Marcus E. Milling, Executive Director of the American Geological Institute. “He is always there when you need his enthusiastic assistance and counsel. It has been a real privilege to work for Sam during my AGI tenure.”

 Adams, who worked for 24 years in mining and minerals exploration and later in higher education, is now a consulting geologist. He has served the American Geological Institute in many leadership roles —most notably as President in 1995, as Chairman of the AGI 50th Anniversary Committee in 1998, and currently as Editor-in-Chief of Geotimes, the monthly news magazine of the Institute. During the 50th Anniversary year, Adams exhorted AGI’s member societies to commit to a spirit of “interconnectedness and communication” in order to move forward boldly into a new era of multidisciplinary research, teaching, and public service. It is a credo he has applied to his own service as advisor to the Institute and Editor-in Chief of Geotimes.

During his career with mineral companies, Adams was employed in New Mexico, Illinois, Utah, Colorado, and Australia. In 1979, he served as General Chairman of the Quadrennial Symposium of the International Society on the Genesis of Ore Deposits in Snowbird, Utah. In 1986, he was named Chairman of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. During the 1980s and 1990s, he served as a member of the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources of the National Academy of Sciences, responsible for advising Congress and government agencies on issues and policy related to earth and environmental sciences.

In 1996, Adams was chairman of the National Research Council (NRC) panel that reviewed the Mineral Resource Surveys Program Plan of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In recognition of his work on that panel and in other areas, USGS presented Adams with the John Wesley Powell Award two years later. In 1999, he served as Vice Chairman of the NRC Committee on Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands.

In addition to his service to the American Geological Institute, Adams was President of the Society of Economic Geologists in 1993-1994 and is a Counselor of the Geological Society of America, where he continues to serve in volunteer capacities. In 1991, Adams returned to New Hampshire as President of the state’s largest ski resort, Loon Mountain Recreation Corporation, which was founded by his family.

The American Geological Institute's awards ceremony, held during GSA's annual meeting each fall, recognizes the achievements of a select group of geoscientists. The Distinguished Service Award is presented in honor of one of the outstanding geologists of the 20th century, William B. Heroy, Jr. Heroy advanced the use of geophysics in petroleum exploration and in geologic research worldwide. Recipients of this award are measured against his exemplary career.

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