Ernest W. Chapman, second president of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and former president of Mineralogical Society of Southern California and of the Los Angeles Mineral Society, suddenly succumbed and passed away Wednesday afternoon (October, 1947) at his home in South Pasadena.
Mr. Chapman was well known in mineralogical circles practically throughout California, and last June was with Jack Streeter, a delegate to the Rocky Mountain Federaiton at Great Salt Lake, Utah, to assist in the organization of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Recently he expressed gratification that the conflict of dates between the California Federation and the national organization had been adjusted and with Mrs. Chapman to attend the Denver conclave. He was an able and popular speaker and was much in demand by mineral societies, always responding freely if possible.
Pauline Saylor of Covina writes on behalf of M. S. S. C.:
An eminent mineral collector, Mr. Chapman has been a prominent member of the Mineralogical Society of Southern California since its beginning. His leadership and wise guidance have been materially responsible for the growth of the society and the high interest in the field of mineralogy which its members have maintained.
His beautiful mineral collection is well known to all mineral lovers and he was always generous in displaying it at shows.