Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 14:42:37 EDT
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Subject: Re: Passing of Andrew Grebneff
I sense a great tragedy. I will be sorry to lose his valuable postings to
this list. My condolences to all of his personal friends and family.
In a message dated 7/8/2010 12:23:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Andrew Grebneff. I have very
pleasant memories of his visit to Newfoundland, Canada, and the field trip
in Eastern Newfoundland that we took him on. He also spent several days
at our home on the south coast, doing some dredging and other field work,
and I gave him a good representative collection of our local deepwater
species. Later he sent me two large packages of New Zealand shells which I
really appreciated, as I had not had many species from that part of the world.
I also valued his contributions to our list, and his helpful insights on a
variety of subjects.
In our field of mollusk collecting and research we meet many people and,
when one of them passes on, we still have the memories that will nourish us
throughout our lives.
--- On Thu, 7/8/10, Marcus Coltro <marcuscoltro@HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
From: Marcus Coltro <marcuscoltro@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: [CONCH-L] Passing of Andrew Grebneff
Received: Thursday, July 8, 2010, 10:54 AM
I am deeply sorry to inform the passing of my dear friend Andrew Grebneff
from New Zealand.
Below is the message I got this morning.
Dear staff and senior students of the Department of Geology:
I am sorry to pass on a message received about 4 pm this afternoon
Thursday: that our paleontology technician Andrew Grebneff has been found dead in
a hotel room in Mexico. Andrew worked last week until Wednesday, and then
said he'd take a few days off. He had the weekend with his family, somewhere
out of town, but returned home early, ostensibly to do field work. He
didn't return home on Monday night, and on Tuesday was tracked to Los Angeles.
From there, he sent a brief message saying he would not be back in New
Andrew Grebneff worked with me as a fossil preparator since 1985, on
rolling short term contracts. He had consuming interests in paleontology, and in
the study of molluscs. He was an exceptionally skilled preparator, meeting
the highest international standards.
His wife Kala, and two teenage children, can be contacted at 38 Crosbie
Street, Mornington, Dunedin; tel 453 4436.
-- R. Ewan Fordyce
*Associate Professor, and Head of Department,
Department of Geology University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054, NZ
tel 3-479-7510, fossil prep lab 3-479-4575, cell 021-037-3964, fax
Administrative office: 3-479-7519 or email@example.com
*Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian