Erick O. Schonstedt died on March 20 at age 76. He joined AGU (Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism) in 1947 and was an AGU benefactor. He was a member of the 75th Anniversary Committee at the time of his death. Schonstedt had also served on the Membership (1968–1972), Budget and Finance (1972–1974), and Steering (1984–1986) committees and chaired the Subcommittee on Corporate Supporting Membership (1984–1986).

Schonstedt began his career in geomagnetics in the 1940s and was the inventor and project engineer for the development of the airborne magnetometer, which measures the complete magnetic vector of the Earth's field from an airplane.