Lawrence H. Conklin, Jr., of Wallingford, Conn., formerly of New York City, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Wallingford. Mr. Conklin was born on Dec. 28, 1933 in New York City to the late Lawrence H. Conklin, Sr., and Mildred DeCarlo. Mr. Conklin was 82 years old.
An early passion for mineral collecting, instilled in him by a favorite uncle, Anthony Schumacher, formed the basis of Mr. Conklin’s life's work. He became, after several years studying geology and mineralogy at City College of New York, one of the premier dealers in collector’s mineral specimens. In 1988 he founded, with a partner, a publication which they entitled "Matrix, A Journal of the History of Minerals." He was the author of a number of articles published in "The Mineralogical Record," as well as the author of an unpublished bibliography of the works of William Loring Andrews (1837-1920).