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On Saturday, April 21, 2001, Bureau Research Associate Eddie Collins and Austin-area geological consultant Dr. Charles ("Chock") Woodruff led a local field trip in honor of the late Ed Garner, who passed away September 3, 1999. Ed worked for the Bureau for nearly 40 years, during which he published many fundamental and often-cited geological papers. In addition to his excellent contribution to research, Ed served as the Bureau's public information geologist, answering questions about Earth science for thousands of citizens.

Ed was well known for his expertise in Austin geology. The field trip, sponsored by the Austin Geological Society and attended by a sellout crowd of 50 enthusiasts, was a fitting tribute to this wonderful man. A guidebook for this event was prepared by field trip leaders Eddie Collins and Chock Woodruff titled "Austin, Texas, and Beyond—Geology and Environment, A Field Excursion in Memory of L. Edwin Garner." The guidebook is published by the Austin Geological Society. Attending the field trip and representing the Garner family were Ed's wife, Cheryl Garner, and their granddaughter, Hope.