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Clifford J. Awald
(1923-1985)

Clifford J. Awald was born in Buffalo, New York on September 27, 1923, the son of Marie S. Peters and Louis E. Awald, a salesman. In 1947 Clifford joined his father in business as vice president of Lou Awald Chevrolet, Inc. in Buffalo.

Cliff's interest in minerals was sparked by high school experiences at the Buffalo Museum of Science where he encountered mentors who guided him toward a degree in inorganic chemistry. He continued his interest in the museum by volunteering as a Research Associate in the Geology Division for 27 years.

Cliff began collecting minerals as a teenager, actively building his collection until the mid-1970s. Some specimens he personally collected in the field while others were purchased from dealers, especially the Mineralogy Department at Ward's Natural Science Establishment. As a result of his lifelong friendship with David Jensen of Ward's, the Awald and Jensen families spent 30 years traveling the globe searching for outstanding mineral specimens.

Cliff wrote an article for Rocks & Minerals in 1969: "Minerals of the Niagara Frontier Region," later published in Science on the March, the journal of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. He also wrote “Inclusions in Quartz Crystals” and “Fluorescence and Other Luminescence Phenomena of Minerals,” published in the mid-1950s by the Buffalo Museum of Science. He was a member of the Mineralogical Society of America and served on of the Board of Managers of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences from 1956 to 1985 and as President from 1978 to 1981, as part of his involvement with the Buffalo Museum of Science.

In 1999, "The Library of Clifford J. Awald – Mineralogy, Science, the Arts, Fine & Rare Books" was auctioned by Pacific Book Auction Galleries. Parts of his extensive mineral collection have been given to museums. His family continues to honor his wish that the majority of his lifelong collection be made available to individual collectors; this is being achieved via specimen auctions on eBay and through other outlets.

References:
Social Security Death Index.
US Federal Census, 1930.
Polk's City Directory (Erie Co., NY).
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