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Craig B. Waff (1946 - 2012)

Craig Waff, a leading historian of astronomy, died five days after a heart attack he suffered while doing historical research in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. He suffered the heart attack just two days after successfully observing the June 5, 2012 transit of Venus from the 150-foot solar tower at Mt. Wilson Observatory.

William A. Baum (1924 - 2012)

William Alvin “Bill” Baum was a versatile astronomer who helped Richard Tousey obtain the first ultraviolet spectrum of the Sun, developed the first photoelectric photometers for the Mt. Wilson & Palomar Observatories, worked with J. D. McGee in London on early solid-state imaging devices, headed the Planetary Research Center at the Lowell Observatory to monitor Mars (and other planets) and plan the first spacecraft (Viking Mission) to it, and helped plan and use the Hubble Space Telescope.

AAS Electronic Announcement #232 — May 2012

CONTENTS:
1. MEETING NEWS
1a. Long Beach Meeting Special Session and Town Hall Proposals
1b. Anchorage Registration Reminder
1c. Anchorage Oral and Poster Presentations
1d. Anchorage Presentation Uploads
1e. "Space Junk 3D" Screening and Panel Discussion, Regal Tikahtnu IMAX Theater
1g. AAS Meeting Sponsors
2. CHAMBLISS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: WE NEED MORE JUDGES FOR THE ANCHORAGE MEETING
3. COMMUNICATING WITH WASHINGTON (CWW) AND LOCAL VISITS
4. AAS TOPICAL CONFERENCE SERIES
5. NSO OBSERVING PROPOSAL
6. SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE CYCLE-9 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
7. KEPLER COMMUNITY FOLLOW-UP OBSERVING PROGRAM

Gerald E. Kron (1913 - 2012)

Gerald Edward Kron ("Gerry") pursued high-precision photometry with photoelectric instrumentation of his design, primarily of variable stars and star clusters, aimed at advancing the field of stellar populations and interstellar reddening.  He worked at Lick Observatory, at the Flagstaff Station of the US Naval Observatory, and at Mt. Stromlo.

Li-Zhi Fang (1936 - 2012)

Fang Li-Zhi, a major voice for human rights and democracy and a pioneering scientist in his native China, continued to advance the field of astrophysics at the UA for more than 20 years before he died last week.

Human rights activist Fang Li-Zhi, who died last week at age 76, had been a professor in the University of Arizona department of physics and an adjunct professor with the UA's Steward Observatory for more than 20 years, where he made highly regarded contributions to astrophysics.

Jack L. Locke (1921 - 2010)

Jack Lambourne Locke, a pivotal figure in the growth of Canadian astronomy following WWII, died suddenly and peacefully on 2010 April 29 at home in New Westminster, B.C., just 2 days shy of his 89th birthday. During his distinguished 36-year career as a government research scientist and as a scientific director he witnessed extraordinary growth in astronomical research across Canada. He was responsible for overseeing two major reorganizations of government-operated astronomical facilities in 1970 and 1975.

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