There is little doubt with regard to what Maurice [“Doc”] Ewing's reaction would be to the selection of John Imbrie as medalist. He would be pleased as Punch. During his first years at Lamont, Doc developed a piston coring device which could be used routinely by his private navy. He then proceeded to perforate the ocean floor on a global scale at the rate of two cores a day for nearly 2 decades. John Imbrie, working with the CLIMAP group, used Ewing's marvelous sediment collection to reconstruct sea surface temperatures during the peak of the last glaciation.