GIA Chairman Richard T. Liddicoat Jr. Dies at 84

Richard T. Liddicoat Jr., the much-honored "father of modern gemology" and chairman of the Gemological Institute of America, died July 23 at his Santa Monica, Calif., home following a battle with cancer. He was 84. A gemologist, educator, scholar, and trade industry leader, Liddicoat was a leading shaper of today's gemological profession and had enormous influence on development of the domestic and international gem and jewelry industries. GIA announced July 24 that it would host a memorial service on Aug. 24 at its Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters to "allow his friends and colleagues from all avenues of life and all parts of the world to join in this special celebration [of the life] of this remarkable man." The event was expected to be attended by a Who's Who of the trade. Tributes. Within hours of Liddicoat's death, GIA alumni, students, officials, and staff—as well as jewelers,

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