This symposium was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Eugene Foord - one of the world's foremost pegmatite experts, who passed away on January 13th, 1998. Dr. Foord spent several years studying the Afghanistan deposits and co-authoring articles. In addition, he donated a month of his time to lecture at the Symposium on Gems and Minerals of Afghanistan and Pakistan held in Chitral, Pakistan. He was planning to attend this Symposium and be part of future expeditions into Afghanistan. Gene, we miss you and your talents!