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Geologist Brent Owens holds a specimen from the Dimitri B. Georgiadis Mineral Collection

The William & Mary Department of Geology has acquired a world-class mineral collection that geologists say will be a valuable resource in the department for many years.

Professor Brent Owens of the geology department was contacted about donating the collection by Dimitri Georgiadis, a Greek immigrant and mineral enthusiast, who had an interest in rocks since he was a young boy.

The collection went with Georgiadis on moves to Toronto, Mexico, the Caribbean coast and finally Virginia. Georgiadis originally paid $70,000 for the collection of 115 minerals. Today it contains more than 500 specimens, and is appraised at $514,000.

Georgiadis says he decided to donate the collection to William & Mary because he wanted to show his appreciation for what this country has done for him and because he wanted to help others.

"I would like it to be part of the educational process of a university. I always heard a lot about William & Mary," said Georgiadis.