GeoNews is an excellent example of his work, enthusiasm and dedication to the Society. It would have remained unsung, and even taken for granted, was it not for the excellent idea of a lifetime contribution award.
He took over as editor of GeoNews in 1987 for issue 21 and continued in that role until issue 36. Afterwards he remained a valued adviser to his successors. We are fortunate that he decided to write a short piece on the occasion of the Society’s 75th Anniversary, A Short History of Geonews. It is online at http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/2918/1/DP_GeoNews09.pdf. In it, he describes the production process and you just marvel at the ingenuity, craftiness and dogged determination that ensured a quality production which appeared on time. Nothing was straightforward and all unnecessary expense had to be avoided; this required the unwitting assistance of the Maths Department and their laser printer.
The account will raise a smile but it also says much about Dennis and why it is fitting that he was honoured by the Society.