GIA's Vince Manson Dies

July 7, 1999

GIA's Vince Manson Dies

D. Vincent Manson, known as the father of the Gemological Institute of America's International Gemological Symposium, died July 3 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 63.

One of Manson's most noted accomplishment in his 23-year career at GIA was his development of Symposium, which he chaired and produced in 1982 and 1991. He was also chairman of the recent 1999 Symposium, although he was unable to attend because of his illness.

Manson established the Institute's research department, published many articles as associate editor of Gems & Gemology and served as director of education from 1984 to 1990, when he became director of strategic planning. He co-produced two film documentaries, "Our Dynamic Earth" and "Gems of America," served as scientific consultant for the film "The Time of Man" and often appeared as a diamond expert on TV and radio shows. He served on the board of the San Diego Society of Natural History.

He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Witwatersrand in his native South Africa and worked two years at the De Beers Diamond Research Laboratory there. After earning his Ph.D. in geology from Columbia University in New York City, he worked as curator of gems and minerals at the American Museum of Natural History in New York for 12 years before joining GIA in 1976.

A memorial service for family, friends and GIA employees will be held July 24 at 4 p.m. at GIA's world headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to GIA's D. Vincent Manson Fund for Gemological Research, 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (800) 421-7250.

- by Stacey King