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JOEL BARTSCH, D.D.


JOEL BARTSCH, D.D. is President of Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS herein). Formerly, he was Mineral Curator for the HMNS. Joel has been recognized for having created a "World Class" Mineral display, as touted by Bob Jones, Editor of the Rock & Gem Magazine.

In spite of his considerable success, Joel has one of the more unusual backgrounds for his position in the scientific world. His doctorate degree isn't in earth science but he has a Doctor of Divinity degree. Joel has credited his early interest in minerals to the Houston Gem & Mineral Society, to which he and his family belonged. He is still a member.

Since assuming the position of President of HMNS, Dr. Bartsch has been responsible for a large number of special exhibits brought to the HMNS and also he has added a large sales area of World Class Minerals for sale to the public.

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