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At the 13th AAS meeting, held in Washington, DC, in December 1911, the Council (now the Board of Trustees) approved an amendment to the Society's constitution establishing a class of membership known as Patron: “Any person who has rendered conspicuous service to Astronomy otherwise than through scientific contributions may be elected by the Council to be a patron of the Society.”

AAS Council Minutes

Since then, the Council has approved posthumous nominations and designated at least nine Patrons.

The following list is incomplete; we continue to review the minutes of early Council meetings to find any additional Patrons. If you know of any Patron who is not on this list, please send an email with their name and year of election (if known) to aas@aas.org.

*Deceased

Patron Year of Election Reference
Virginia L. Trimble 2018 AAS Website Post, 2018 Feb. 15
Irene Hansen Osterbrock* 2011 AAS Newsletter, 2012 May-June, p. 3
Gladys Talmage Perkin* N/A AAS Obituary, 2002
Margaret Russell Edmundson* 1999 AAS Obituary, 1999
C. E. K. Mees* 1950 Popular Astronomy, 1951, Vol. 59, p. 62
Goethe Link* 1950 Popular Astronomy, 1950, Vol. 58, p. 315
Henry S. Hulbert* 1949 Popular Astronomy, 1949, Vol. 57, p. 50
George Russell Agassiz* 1949 Popular Astronomy, 1949, Vol. 57, p. 50
Michel S. Kovalenko* 1947 Popular Astronomy, 1947, Vol. 55, p. 401
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