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Died, Marvin Rausch, 77.

Marvin Dean Rausch, well-known Massachusetts mineral collector, was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 27, 1930, the son of the late Grover H. and Ruby R. (Laing) Rausch. Marv earned his BS and PhD degrees from the University of Kansas, receiving his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1955. He then served in the Air Force as a Projects Officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 1955 until 1957. This was a period of active Air Force interest in organosilicon and organometallic chemistry. He remained in the Air Force reserves until his discharge as a Captain in 1967.

Marv traveled to Munich, Germany in 1957 as the second post-doctoral associate of the Nobel Prize-winning chemist Prof. E.O. Fischer. Upon his return from Germany he joined the Central Research Department of the Monsanto Chemical Corporation. In September of 1963 he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and became Full Professor in 1968, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2001. He remained active in the field of organometallic chemistry throughout his career. He was one of the first Chairmen of the Organometallic Subdivision of the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Marv was also the Permanent International Secretary of the International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry.


Marv's favorite avocation was mineralogy and he built one of the best private mineral collections in New England, specializing in very fine cabinet-size specimens. We first met Marv many years ago when he arrived in Tucson and requested the names of some mineral dealers from Wendell Wilson. He arrived at our home and from that day forward became a good friend. An amethyst specimen from Veracruz, Mexico was the first mineral he purchased from us, which he then photographed and used as an emblem on all of the mineral labels for his collection. Soon Marv was attending many mineral shows, including those in Detroit, Tucson and Denver, and always volunteered to help us set up the glass cases in our Western Minerals show booth. His height was a big help in reaching the top tier. After show hours, Marv and other friends would join us for dinner.

Marv was impressed with the Munich Show and the wonderful material presented there, so he attended annually, and was fairly fluent in German. He accompanied us on our first trip to Munich and Czechoslovakia. He made arrangements with the curator of the National Museum in Prague for us to attend their mineral show there. It was still a communist country at that time, and it was quite an experience seeing armed Czechoslovakian and Russian soldiers on every corner.

Marv also enjoyed coming to Tucson during spring breaks. During his stay with us we spent the time visiting old mines, collecting minerals, hiking and visiting other mineral collectors. On one occasion, we took a five-mile hike to the top of Gunsight Pass in the Santa Rita Mountains. After a daily outing, Marv liked to swim in the pool and relax in the hot tub with a good glass of wine. His gentle nature and friendly conversations always made his presence a pleasure. He will be missed.

Marv died May 2, 2008 in Amherst. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Meyer) Rausch; a daughter, two grandchildren, and his first wife, Carol Kreischer of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Gene and Jackie Schlepp

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Author:Jackie Schlepp; Gene
Publication:The Mineralogical Record
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Date:Sep 1, 2008
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