Named in memory of Thomas R. McGetchin (19361979), geologist and planetary scientist, from 1977 director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. A leading investigator of volcanism and tectonics on the Earth and other solid bodies in the solar system, he was particularly noted for his work on kimberlite pipes and on the dynamics of volcanoes. (M 8153)

Obituaries published in Icarus, Vol. 41, p. 177 (1980); Proc. Tenth Lunar Planet Sci. Conf., p. VII-VIII (1979).

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