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Retired professor fell to his death
Body of Akiho Miyashiro found at bottom of 300-foot cliff at Thacher State Park after 36-hour search
By DAVID FILKINS and MARC PARRY, Staff writers
First published: Friday, July 25, 2008
NEW SCOTLAND -- The body of an 87-year-old man who went missing Tuesday from John Boyd Thacher State Park was located by a rescue team Thursday at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff.
Authorities said Akiho Miyashiro may have wandered off a trail near the Glen Doone Overlook before falling to his death. The cliff he fell over is not near any of the park's 12 miles of marked trails.
"He may have gotten lost and walked over the edge in the dark while trying to find his way back," Albany County Sheriff's Inspector Mark Defrancesco said. "It's a steep, steep drop with a bunch of rocks and a ravine at the bottom."
Miyashiro, a retired University at Albany geology professor, came to the park Tuesday evening to take pictures with his wife, Fumiko. He went off by himself around 7:30 p.m. and never returned. Authorities from a number of agencies searched for him for 36 hours until the body was discovered 11:30 a.m. Thursday by rescuers who had rappelled the rock cliff.
The body could not be brought up the cliff because of hard rain Thursday morning that made rocks slippery.
"It was absolutely treacherous and dangerous," Defrancesco said. Instead, a rescue crew hiked more than 300 yards into the woods from the bottom of the cliff and carried the body out.
Miyashiro retired from UAlbany's Department of Geological Sciences in 1991 after a 22-year career there that earned him international acclaim. Geology has nothing comparable to a Nobel Prize, but in 1977 Miyashiro won one of the field's most prestigious honors, the Geological Society of America's Arthur L. Day Medal.
The Japanese scientist worked at UAlbany when its fertile geology unit was known as one of the best small departments in the country.
He arrived via Columbia University in 1969, several years after the theory of plate tectonics hit the stage. The concept holds that the Earth consists of about a dozen major plates that move around, and on their edges occur volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes. It encompasses virtually everything we think about the Earth today.
Miyashiro was a plate tectonics pioneer. He studied the behavior of rocks at very high temperatures and pressures. His field is known as metamorphic petrology. He wrote the classic textbook "Metamorphism and Metamorphic Belts."
"He made major contributions to our current understanding of how major mountain systems formed," said John Delano, a professor of environmental science at UAlbany and a former colleague of Miyashiro's.
He was not a social colleague. People who worked in his department described Miyashiro as a gentleman who maintained high standards. But he was also a private person who economized his words and did not collaborate on research like some of the other professors.
Susan Anderson was his student. The Guilderland teaching assistant remembered how Miyashiro would say that one of his former students had named a mineral after him. "He would get this little giggle and say, 'Unfortunately very rare.' "
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Daniel and Millie Grossberg live next to the Miyashiros on Stonehenge Drive in Albany. They said Miyashiro loved nature, and had a beautiful garden and a goldfish pond loved by neighborhood kids. A blue heron recently ate the goldfish, Millie Grossberg said. The neighbors also said Miyashiro used to catch squirrels in the garden and drop them off at Thacher Park.
"I know they always say when something happens that the neighbors always say they were wonderful people," Millie Grossberg said, "but they were wonderful people."
David Filkins can be reached at 454-5456 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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