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Candidate Statements

We are grateful for the following AAS members who have agreed to stand for election. Please support their dedication by voting. Members eligible to vote will be notified when the electronic ballot is posted on

President (vote for one)
Duties of a President:

Dennis J. Lamenti (1958 - 2012)

(For Dennis Lamenti, written by Richard H. Durisen)

I sing a song for this brave man,
     curious and kind,
     whose laughter burst from deep
           within his ample heart.
Warrior of formulas and codes,
     he traced the mathematics
     of the stars, with wonder,
          through his ancestors’ eyes,
And studied the tracks of science
     to divine his way anew
     along the sacred path,      
          out of the common desert.
Who could doubt the worthiness

Kenneth Michael Merrill (1947 - 2012)

Kenneth Michael Merrill, a member of the scientific staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), passed away from heart failure after surgery in Tucson, Arizona, on March 31, 2012. He was a leading developer of near-infrared and mid-infrared instrumentation, a pioneer in using these instruments to produce astrophysical results, and a catalyst for the growth of near-Infrared observing capabilities at NOAO.

Gart Westerhout (1927 - 2012)

Passing of Gart Westerhout
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A formal obituary is being prepared by Dr. William Howard

The AAS is sad to announce the passing of former AAS Vice-President Gart Westerhout. When the AAS incorporated in Washington, D.C., Dr. Westerhout signed the Articles of Incorporation and was a life-long
supporter of the AAS.