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Peter Barnes, Jim Bischoff, and Alan Cooper
Western Region retirees (from left to right) Peter Barnes, Jim Bischoff, and Alan Cooper attend a luncheon in their honor. Photograph by Stephanie Ross.
Peter Barnes, Jim Bischoff, and Alan Cooper were feted by the Western Region Coastal and Marine Geology (WRCMG) team at Ming's Restaurant in Palo Alto, CA, on February 21, 2002, to celebrate their retirements after a combined 104 years of service to the USGS. Steve Eittreim reviewed Peter Barnes' impact on Arctic marine processes and Peter's recognition in the research and outreach arenas. Bob Rosenbauer discussed key discoveries that Jim Bischoff, a WRCMG alumnus, made in geochemistry of marine and terrestrial environments. Dave Scholl and Jon Childs detailed Alan Cooper's long interest in high latitudes in both hemispheres—the Bering Sea and Antarctica—and his role as shepherd of the Antarctic Seismic Data Library.

Homa Lee and Terry Bruns presented the honorees with gift certificates and inscribed plaques decorated with USGS benchmarks. Because retirement can be viewed as another field activity, the retirees were outfitted with special copies of field-activity collection-system (FACS) notebooks assembled by Clint Steele, Carolyn Degnan, and Florence Wong.

As is commonly the case, long-buried stories emerged for good or ill. We learned that Alan Cooper created havoc on board the research vessel S.P. Lee in 1984 when he collected an oversize boulder in Antarctica that got loose on the Lee's deck in rough seas. After 35 years, Jim Bischoff explained to Harry Cook that the abortive explosion of Harry's experiment in a UC Berkeley laboratory when they were both grad students was an accident. Steve Eittreim recounted a harrowing first sail with Peter Barnes from Santa Cruz to San Francisco.

About 50 WRCMG team members and guests attended to wish the retirees well at the event, which was efficiently organized by Anne Gartner and Terry Bruns.

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