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We just wanted to pay a tribute to our father, Pascal Gallo, who has devoted all his life to mineralogy. He was the first to discover the Gaudefroyite, named after his friend the Abbé Gaudefroy, and just a little later, the Marokite. We have all the documents attesting it, and even one signed with the acknowledgments of the Abbé Gaudefroy himself. A special thought to Dr Jacques Dietrich, who was one of our father's best friends, whose life until his last day, was the promotion of mineralogy, not only by visiting so many mines, but also by writing books and articles linked to his studies.I take the liberty of quoting him because he and his wife have always called me 'their adoptive son', when they have welcome me in their house of Toulouse where I came for my University studies.
Why this passion of minerals? Just because when I was a child, I spent all my school holidays across Morocco with our father who was in charge of many different small mines as an advising engineer for several local owners. Although the adult helmets were a bit too large for my head, I loved following our father down the mines and along the dark galleries (at those times, the only way of lighting was the carbide lamp whose particular smell makes me think of Marcel Proust).
Very often, he drove to Rabat to meet his friends of the B.R.P.M., Jacques E. Dietrich, The Abbé Gaudefroy, and Mr Jouravsky. I remember being surrounded by so many different mineral specimens I had all the time to appreciate while they were passionately talking about rare specimens.
Pascal Gallo started his professional life just after WWII as a prospector for Greg Stanton. He was given a big hessian bag, some samples of minerals,and a rifle. He was asked to note precisely the places where he would find stones that looked like the ones he was carrying to match them.
Then came the job as a chief miner at Tiouine manganese mine,in the fifties. That allowed him to spend some of his spare time searching beautiful specimens of erythrite in Bou Azzer, mine that belonged to the same company, the O.N.A.
When Tiouine closed, he got the job I described above. He drove all over Morocco, from Tazenaht (copper), to Oujda (copper), passing by the centre (stibine, galene, baryte...).
After that, he was called by the O.N.A. to manage the main vein of the most important copper mine of Morocco at that time, Patte d'Oie district, in Bou Skour, Some 80 km from Ouarzazate. That is where I used to spend my best school holidays, searching for the beautiful Azurites and Malachites. It was the place were they found the most part of what would be called the Agardite, named after Mr Agar, director of the B.R.P.M. of Rabat.
At the end of his life, he was the manager of two mines of Barytine and Galene near Ouirgane (Atlas), some 80 km from Marrakech.
He always said to us: 'when I retire, I shall drive across Europe to show my beautiful samples of minerals and to talk to passionate people like me'...
My brother and myself would like to thank Mindat website to allow us to make our father's dream come through. You will be able to see minerals that have nearly never been seen, except by his close friends.
If ever you have known the people quoted here above, I would be glad to be contacted.


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