Obituary: Dr Robin Curtis
A true gentleman, Dr Robin Curtis found peace on the afternoon of 14 November surrounded by family at his home in St Ives Chase, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Robin Curtis was born and attended school in the Welsh
mining town of
Robin commenced his long career in the minerals industry in 1965 as senior geologist for Forsayth Exploration. This was followed by appointments as Regional Geologist and Chief Geologist with Placer Exploration between 1967 and 1972, Exploration Manager for International Nickel during 1973 to 1974 and Exploration Manager for Amdex Mining during 1974 to 1978.
Most of us will recall shared professional experience with Robin as the Principal of R. Curtis and Associates, highly regarded independent geological consultants serving the industry during the years from 1978 until Robin became constrained by his tenacious efforts to ward off the debilitating stages of cancer. The company’s list of clients includes numerous major oil and mining corporations, junior explorers, individuals and financial institutions.
The commodities covered by Robin’s consultancy included
precious and base metals, tin, mineral sands, uranium, clay, sandstone, coal,
oil, oil shale and more. His expertise covered ore reserve measurement,
resource interpretation, financial valuations, project audits, reporting to
banks and financial institutions, geological interpretation, exploration
planning, as well as staff training and motivation. The company worked
Robin was a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia and a member of the Mineral Industry Consultants Association. He served on the Board of M.I.C.A. for 6 years and edited the newsletter for many years. He was a strong supporter of the Sydney Minerals Exploration Discussion Group. It was always a pleasure to sit down with Robin and Dorothy at a Mining Club lunch or on the SMEDG-AIG Harbour Cruise and share a glass of red wine and a chat about historic exploration projects or current trends in the industry.
What we also remember with great admiration and affection is Robin’s mode of operation as a professional geoscientist. He was a very traditional geologist, dignified, conservative, experienced, wise and honest. He retained the skills of graphical analysis of ore reserves, based on meticulous hand compilation of geological cross sections. During the early days of computer assessment of ore reserves, when geostatistical methods were evolving, Robin provided a solid reliable alternative with highly credible and explainable demonstration of the parameters of every polygon employed in the summation of reserves.
Robin’s style focused on calm, confident and gentle
persuasion, coupled with an easy smile and cheerful humour. Following a lengthy
review of gold targets in
We will always remember a talented scientist, a most ethical man, a dear friend and advisor, and a fine example to everyone of lesser years who came in contact with him. The minerals industry is much the better for the keen insights, precise evaluations, clear interpretations and motivational stimulation provided by our good mate Dr Robin Curtis.