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Jay  Lininger
(1939-2004)

Jesse "Jay" Lenker Lininger was born on December 9, 1939. Jay, with the help of his wife Paula, was the founder and President of Matrix Publishing Services and Matrix Art Services. Jay was also well known in the mineral world as an author, publisher, lecturer and foremost as a mineral collector. His fascination with the science of mineralogy began as a young teenager and continued throughout his entire life. Jay was one of the foremost authorities on the minerals of Pennsylvania, and had a special love for the history behind minerals, mineral localities and mineral collecting. His passion for the science and its historical background is well documented in his internationally known publication, Matrix, a Journal of the History of Minerals, which he founded in 1988 with Lawrence Conklin and later continued to publish on his own.

Among Jay's other publications are a book of the memoirs of Arthur Montgomery, and a facsimile reprint of all 15 volumes of the early journal The Mineral Collector, thereby saving it from extinction. He was a cofounder and lifelong member of the York Rock and Mineral Club and was active in the Pennsylvania Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy, serving as a Board Member and past President. Because of his love for the history of the science of mineralogy in Pennsylvania, he recently took over the design and publication of the FM Pennsylvania Chapter's Newsletter. Jay was also a gifted artist and illustrator. Jay served his country as a medic in the US Army National Guard, and in the 1970's was a member of a popular York area folk music group, "The Summit Singers."

Jay died unexpectedly at his home in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania on October 18, 2004. His mineral collection, books and historical papers were all sold at auction by his wife of 30 years, Paula. He is also survived by his mother and father, two sons, one daughter, one sister, two brothers, and nine grandchildren.

Reference:
MITCHELL, J.R. (2006) Personal communication.
WILSON, W.E. (2005) Died, Jesse L. Lininger. Mineralogical Record, 36. 103.
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