AGS, GIA Honor Bob Speisman

The American Gem Society is erecting a memorial on its Las Vegas campus in memory of Robert T. Speisman, 48, former executive vice president of Lazare Kaplan International. Speisman was killed Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed his plane into the Pentagon. (See "Speisman Remembered," JCK, December 2001, p. 74.) Speisman, who was a member of the Society's board of governors, will be honored with an American flagpole and memorial stone next to the entrance to the Robert M. Shipley Building on the AGS Las Vegas campus. The society plans to create a reflection area next to the flagpole, with a bench and lush landscaping. AGS has established in Speisman's name a scholarship that will help fund diamond-related education courses held at the AGS campus. There will also be a Robert Speisman memorial seminar and lecture series every year at the AGS International Conclave, to educate membe
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