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Report on Obituary Notices (Unknown) — March 1979

Obituary Notices

Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 3 (March 1979)
Managing Editor: Lindsay McClelland.

Obituary Notices (Unknown) Deaths of two volcanologists (Robin Cooke and Elias Ravian) at Karkar

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1979. Report on Obituary Notices (Unknown) (McClelland, L., ed.). Scientific Event Alert Network Bulletin, 4:3. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.SEAN197903-600400

Obituary Notices


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All times are local (unless otherwise noted)

We are saddened to report that R.J.S. Cooke, 40, and Elias Ravian, 34, were killed on 8 March 1979 by a directed blast of debris from Karkar volcano. Robin Cooke came to Rabaul Volcanological Observatory in 1971 and was named Senior Volcanologist 2 years later. His contributions to volcanology were many, particularly in seismic monitoring and in generously sharing his reports of local volcanism with scientists of the world. Elias Ravian had been a highly respected worker at the Observatory for 9 years. Both men devoted much of themselves to better understaning of the volcanism that took their lives.

Geological Summary. Obituary notices for volcanologists are sometimes written when scientists are killed during an eruption or have had a special relationship with the Global Volcanism Program.

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