In a joint announcement made at the 35th Annual Pacific Micromount Conference in Redlands, California on January 29, 2000, Dr. William S. Wise of the Department of Geological Sciences, University of California at Santa Barbara and Dr. Anthony R. Kampf, Curator of Mineral Sciences Section, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, confirmed the approval by the IMA of a new mineral named "juanitaite" for Juanita Curtis.
In 1969 Juanita was honored with the Federations,s Golden Bear Award, and more recently was named as one of their Scholarship Honorees The following written statement regarding the discovery, description and naming of the mineral was issued jointly by Dr. Wise, Dr. Kampf, and Dr. George R. Rossman, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology: "In September of 1971, a group of four collectors, Juanita and husband Charles (Bob) Curtis, Wayne Leicht and Fred Croad, visited the Gold Hill mine in Utah.
On the dump immediately west of the 30-foot level adit (see Kokinos and Wise
, 1993, Fig.
They didn't match anything she
had seen before from Gold Hill, so she
sent them to Bill Wise
In their joint statement, Bill Wise
and Tony Kampf related the process through which the mineral was finally approved.
After the first application was submitted by Dr. Wise
, the mineral was returned for further studies.
Timing of the announcement by Dr. Wise
and Dr. Kampf could not have been more meaningful.