Sam Goldich Medal
Award Guidelines and Past Winners
(Adopted by the Board of Directors, 1981; amended 1999)
The Institute on Lake Superior Geology was born in 1955, as documented by the fact that the 27th annual meeting was held in 1981. The Institute’s continuing objectives are to deal with those aspects of geology that are related geographically to Lake Superior; to encourage the discussion of subjects and sponsoring field trips that will bring together geologists from academia, government surveys, and industry; and to maintain an informal but highly effective mode of operation.
During the course of its existence, the membership of the Institute (that is,
those geologists who indicate an interest in the objectives of the ILSG by attending)
has become aware of the fact that certain of their colleagues have made particularly
noteworthy and meritorious contributions to the understanding of Lake Superior
geology and mineral deposits.
The first award was made by ILSG to Sam Goldich in 1979 for his many contributions
to the geology of the region extending over about 50 years. Subsequent medallists
and this year’s recipient are listed in the table below. To read a biography of Sam, compiled by Mike Mudrey, click here.
1) The medal shall be awarded annually by the ILSG Board of Directors to a geoscientist whose name is associated with a substantial interest in, and contribution to, the geology of the Lake Superior region.
2) The Board of Directors shall appoint the Goldich Medal Committee. The initial appointment will be of three members, one to serve for three years, one for two years, and one for one year. The member with the briefest incumbency shall be chair of the Nominating Committee. After the first year, the Board of Directors shall appoint at each spring meeting one new member who will serve for three years. In his/her third year this member shall be the chair. The Committee membership should reflect the main fields of interest and geographic distribution of ILSG membership.
3) By the end of November, the Goldich Medal Committee shall make its recommendation to the Chair of the Board of Directors, who will then inform the Board of the nominee.
4) The Board of Directors normally will accept the nominee of the Committee, inform the medallist, and have one medal engraved appropriately for presentation at the next meeting of the Institute.
5) It is recommended that the Institute set aside annually from whatever sources, such funds as will be required to support the continuing costs of this award.
1) The deadline for nominations is November 1. Nominations shall be taken at any time by the Goldich Medal Committee. Committee members may themselves nominate candidates; however, Board members may not solicit for or support individual nominees.
2) Nominations must be in writing and supported by appropriate documentation such as letters of recommendation, lists of publications, curriculum vita’s, and evidence of contributions to Lake Superior geology and to the Institute.
3) Nominations are not restricted to Institute attendees, but are open to anyone who has worked on and contributed to the understanding of Lake Superior geology.
1) Nominees are to be evaluated on the basis of their contributions to Lake Superior geology (sensu lato) including:
a) importance of relevant publications;
b) promotion of discovery and utilization of natural resources;
c) contributions to understanding of the natural history and environment of the region;
d) generation of new ideas and concepts; and
e) contributions to the training and education of geoscientists and the public.
2) Nominees are to be evaluated on their contributions to the Institute as demonstrated by attendance at Institute meetings, presentation of talks and posters, and service on Institute boards, committees, and field trips.
3) The relative weights given to each of the foregoing criteria must remain flexible and at the discretion of the Committee members.
4) There are several points to be considered by the Goldich Medal Committee:
a) An attempt should be made to maintain a balance of medal recipients from each of the three estates—industry, academia, and government.
b) It must be noted that industry geoscientists are at a disadvantage in that much of their work in not published.
5) Lake Superior has two sides, one the U.S., and the other Canada. This is
undoubtedly one of the Institute’s great strengths and should be nurtured
by equitable recognition of excellence in both countries.
|1979||Samuel S. Goldich|
|1981||Carl E. Dutton, Jr.|
|1982||Ralph W. Marsden|
|1984||Richard W. Ojakangas|
|1985||Paul K. Sims|
|1987||Henry C. Halls|
|1988||Walter S. White|
|1990||Kenneth C. Card|
|1991||William J. Hinze|
|1992||William F. Cannon|
|1993||Donald W. Davis|
|1996||David L. Southwick|
|1997||Ronald P. Sage|
||John C. Green
||John S. Klasner
||Ernest K. Lehmann
||Klaus J. Schulz
||Paul W. Wieblen
|2009||L. Gordon Medaris|
|2010||W. Addison & G. Brumpton|
|2016||Mark A. Jirsa|