An Article In Meteorite Times Magazine


O. Richard Norton (1937 – 2009)

This past month the world of meteorite studies lost one of it most notable figures. O. Richard Norton passed away. The author of Rocks from Space, The Encyclopedia of Meteorites and more recently a field guide to meteorites, his insights and contributions to the study of meteorites will be sorely missed. A regular attendee for many years to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show he was known by most of the members of this rather small community we whimsically call the Meteorite World. I am sure that all of us will miss him. We at the Meteorite Exchange wish to express our deepest condolences to his wife and companion in all things meteoritic, Dorothy.
To read more about Richard's life please read Anne Blacks's IMCA Insights article and Bob Verish's Remembrance.

For those of you who would like to share some of your personal experiences with Richard we are repeating the request from Larry and Nancy Lebofsky of "Meteorite" Magazine.

Dear Friends:

As most of you are aware, O. Richard Norton was a supporter of and involved with "Meteorite" magazine from the very beginning, He wrote his first article, “Meteorites—Chips off the Old Asteroid Block,” in the first issue of "Meteorite!" in 1995. He also wrote “Centerpiece” for ten years. We will all miss him.

Because of this, we would like to celebrate the life Richard Norton by dedicating the November issue of "Meteorite" magazine to him. Many of you have written to the Meteorite and IMCA lists expressing your feelings and, in some cases, giving your personal experiences with Richard or with one of the many books he has written.

We would like to include a series of anecdotes about your personal experiences with Richard (or one of his many books) that can be published in the November issue. As much as possible, we would like to do this as a historical sequence with pictures, to show who he has influenced in the meteorite community, in what way, and when. How far back does his influence go? Ron Hartman and Richard were at UCLA together and Nancy took an astronomy class and a photography class from him in 1974 and 1975 when he was the Director of the Grace H. Flandrau Planetarium here in Tucson.

Please try to limit your text to one or two images and about a hundred words!

Please send your emails directly to us at:  and copy to

Thanks to all of you in advance.

Larry and Nancy Lebofsky