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Digital Subscriptions > Rock & Gem Magazine > March 2019 > IN MEMORIAM: RICHARD V. SIPE, SR. 1927-2018

IN MEMORIAM: RICHARD V. SIPE, SR. 1927-2018

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The rock, gem, and mineral community lost one of its greatest ambassadors, gifted artists, and inspiring advocates in the autumn of 2018.

Richard Vance Sipe, Sr. passed away peacefully at the age of 91, Friday Oct. 12, 2018, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Hickory, North Carolina.

Born March 17, 1927, Richard held three Guinness Book of World Records for his sculpting and was considered a dedicated enthusiast of the fine art of carving and polishing huge corundum stones.

In addition to the three outstanding corundum carvings, he also provided significant sculptures at many venues using different types of stones to recognize historical occurrences in the southern United States. Sipe was recognized in two separate articles in Rock & Gem (1998 and 2017), local media, regional publications, and books for his unique sculpting and carving ability. He was also presented the Old North State Award for his contributions and service to his community and state.

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