The Friends of Mineralogy (FM) is an organization devoted to the advancement of serious interest in minerals and related activities. It consists of mineral collectors, professional mineralogists and curators of public and private collections. The bond uniting these people is a love of mineral specimens and a desire to spread appreciation and knowledge of minerals. FM was formed in 1970 in Tucson, Arizona. An initial project was the establishment of The Mineralogical Record. The FM has had a close and continuing association with The Mineralogical Record and with Rocks & Minerals Magazine. One of the organization's important activities has been support of the two magazines as vehicles for the preservation and dissemination of mineralogical information. This website is for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Friends of Mineralogy


George Rambo Obituary

George Edward RamboGeorge E. Rambo, age 84, of Claymont, DE passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, DE. George graduated from P.S. DuPont High School, Class of 1949. He was a lineman, cable-splicer and PBX repairman for Diamond State Telephone. A computer engineer with AT&T, George retired after 42 total years in the telephone industry.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was eventually promoted to Drill Sergeant while stationed at Fort Benning and Fort Gordon, Georgia. He retired as a master sergeant in the US Army Reserve, (2076 US AR School, Wilmington, DE).

George also was the owner of Marine Radio Service.George belonged to many organizations including, U.S. Army Signal Corps Retired, Senior Member Mineralogical Society of America, Lifetime Member Leidy Microscopical Society, Member Micromounters of New England, Member Micromineralogists of the National Capitol Area, Past President of First State Amateur Radio Club, Director PA Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy and the Delaware Mineralogical Society.

George was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, who passed away in 1986. He is survived and will be lovingly missed by his son, Michael G. Rambo, of Kuna, ID, wife, Danielle and their son, Sean Michael; daughter, Lisa McDonough, of Smyrna, DE, husband , Lee; Douglas E. Rambo of Harrington, DE, wife, Michele, and their daughters, Barbara Beth, Sabrina Ruth and Noelle Brenda.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pine Tree Society, 149 Front St., Bath, ME 04530.

Most Pennsylvania Geological Survey publications are now available on the web for free as PDF files!

Pennsylvania Geological Survey publications

For example, Bob Smith's "Zinc and Lead Occurrences in Pennsylvania" (M72) sold for $13.50. Now you can download the report and all of the maps as PDF files at
Zinc and Lead Occurrences in Pennsylvania

Don't forget about the online "Pennsylvania Geology"
Pennsylvania Geology

USGS announces availability of every Pennsylvania topographic map ever published. Download for free at
Historical Topographic Map Collection and they are georeferenced!

Check out the July-August 2011 issue of the Mineralogical Record (vol. 42 no. 4). It contains an excellent article on the Wood Mine in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, written by Wendell Wilson. There are several photographs of amazing brucite specimens. Also included on page 314 is a photograph from the May 2010 FM-PESA field trip to the Wood Mine. George Loud is standing on the side of a trench. Is that Arnold Mogel in the trench? Who else can we recognize in the photo?

A book on the history of the Cornwall Mines in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania was written by Bob Donley from Cornwall, Pa., and Charles Boyer, a former Cornwall miner. Charles Boyer and Robert Donley were raised in Cornwall, graduated from Cornwall High School, and have been lifelong residents of the Cornwall area. Boyer is a third-generation miner with decades of mining experience, and both Boyer and Donley have a profound interest in preserving the history of the mine and community. The images presented in Cornwall are from the collections of the authors and local residents. The book is published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series. The book contains many pictures of the open pit mine, the underground operations, and the community. The book is titled "Cornwall" and is sold by Arcadia publishing at and by and Barnes and Noble. The ISBN number is 13978-0-7385-7465-3.