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William S. Condon
(1928-1993)

William Stephen Condon was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 18, 1928, the son of William Stephen Condon Sr., a steelworker at American Steel & Wire. He attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, earning his BA in History. He married the former Jean Hale Maercklein, a fine artist educated at the Art Students League of New York, and moved with his young family to Syracuse, New York in the early 1950's. While in Syracuse he worked in advertising and sales, and was a printing salesman at the time of his death on January 22, 1993.

His mineral collection numbered about 7,000 specimens and was rich in self-collected minerals from northern New York, Quebec and Ontario. He was especially fond of the minerals of the Grenville Province, and spent much time tracking down old localities, often self-collecting specimens that are the equal of specimens collected in the 19th century. Shortly before his death he gave about 50 of his favorite specimens to his long-time collecting partner, Dr. Steven Chamberlain of Manlius, New York. Following his death the rest of his collection was purchased by David Zobkiw of Attica, New York, who in turn donated it to the New York State Museum in 2005. The Chamberlain collection is also destined for the New York State Museum.

References:
CHAMBERLAIN, C. (2006) Personal communication.
CONDON, S.C. (2006) Personal communication.
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