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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2008 08:46    Post subject: The mineral community has lost Mick P. Cooper  

The mineral community has lost one of its superstars. Michael "Mick" P. Cooper passed away this past weekend in his home in Nottingham, England. He has had a long history of heart problems and it is assumed that his heart finally gave out. Mick will be remembered most for his books, the first being Minerals of the English Lake District: Caldbeck Fells (co-authored with C. J. Stanley) and the other being his magnum opus - Robbing the Sparry Garniture - a 200-year history of British mineral dealers, published in 2006. He was the Registrar for the Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, an associate editor of Mineralogical Record, and the editor of the Bulletin of the Russell Society. He has made numerous other contributions to the mineralogical literature.

There will be much more written about Mick Cooper in coming months. He was a close personal friend and I feel a deep sadness over the loss of this exceptional person.

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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2008 11:22    Post subject: Re: The mineral community has lost Mick P. Cooper  

I´m sorry John... receive a strong hug from Spain.
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PostPosted: Jun 05, 2008 17:55    Post subject: Re: The mineral community has lost Mick P. Cooper  

Although I didn't know Mick well enough to feel remotely qualified to post a reply about him on this Forum, this sad news really sank in with me.

I made Mick’s acquaintance only recently and he likely would not have recalled me other than from this year’s Rochester Symposium. (For those who were not there, he was a featured speaker on two days, with two excellent talks – each, interestingly, a rather different approach from the other - on the subject matter of his amazing historical book, Robbing the Sparry Garniture). It might therefore seem a little odd that I’d feel quite this way. Perhaps one just knows a truly exceptional, intelligent, thoughtful and good person when one has the privilege to know one, for however brief an amount of time.

I genuinely enjoyed talking with Mick and I had no reason to believe he wouldn't be a mineral world contact/friend for a long time. We had some great conversations and good laughs together at different points over the course of Rochester - I'm now truly grateful for that. Maybe it says a lot about Mick that such a brief acquaintance felt as it did.

As I thought about this, it also came home to me (apologies, as I know this is largely self-evident) that any opportunity we have to get together with some of the incredible and talented people we’re so fortunate to have in mineral world - at any event that is accessible to us, whether the excellent Rochester Symposium, a local club meeting or any local or larger mineral shows - is a true, special privilege not to be taken for granted.

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PostPosted: Jun 06, 2008 09:55    Post subject: Re: The mineral community has lost Mick P. Cooper  

I got to know Mick when he was writing his recent book on mineral dealers. I last met him at the Oxford show where we traded notes about some dealers. His death is a sad loss to the community, and we shall all miss him

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