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On 22 February 2002, the seismological community lost one of its most engaging and distinguished members, Thomas McEvilly (or Tom as he was known to all), professor emeritus of geophysics at the University of California, Berkeley He was undergoing treatment at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis, the city of his birth. McEvilly was an AGU Fellow, and a member of the Seismology Section (1957).

His contributions to geophysics ranged widely particularly in seismology. His many publications investigated, among other topics, seismic crustal profiling, earthquake source properties, test-ban treaty verification methods, earthquake prediction, and seismographic instrumentation. He was also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an honorary member of the Seismological Society of America. McEvilly served on many scientific advisory committees for government, university and professional organizations, including UNESCO, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Energy he also held the notable position of chairman of the Committee of Seismology of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council from 1981 to 1983.