Arthur Moretta Gift Made to Seaman Mineral Museum
The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum has received a major bequest from the estate of Arthur M. Moretta valued at $250,000, which comprises his private mineral collection and a cash gift of $100,000.
Moretta graduated from Michigan Tech in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in geology, after which he worked in the oil and coal industry before settling in Chicago with Parsons Engineering Science Inc. He spent most of his career there, retiring as its manager of environmental studies and federal projects.
Moretta, whose interest in mineral collecting began at a young age alongside his late father, recognized fine mineral specimens and was able to make a recent, significant addition to his collection on behalf of the museum: the acquisition of a historically important, world-class copper specimen from the Resolute Mine in Keweenaw County.
For many years this specimen was in the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences collection and will now be a permanent part of the Seaman Museum's collection. This specimen was presented to the Academy on Oct. 22, 1867, by the Resolute Mining Company, whose headquarters was in Philadelphia. It is the finest specimen known from this historic copper mine.
Moretta made many visits back to his alma mater over the years and developed a close relationship with the Seaman Museum's faculty and staff.
Eric Halonen, director of major gifts and gift planning, said, "We are thankful not only for Mr. Moretta's generosity but also for his willingness to share the knowledge of his bequest with us five years ago. This allowed us to thank him and convey the importance of his support to the advancement of Michigan Tech's mineral museum."
"We are very grateful to Mr. Moretta for choosing the Seaman Mineral Museum to inherit his mineral collection and generous gift of cash," said Director Ted Bornhorst. "The donation of the Resolute Mine copper is a significant addition to the collection, and along with his bequest, will continue to build the Seaman's reputation as one of North America's great mineral museums."