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AAS Informational Email 2010-9

Subject: John Huchra

Dear AAS Members and Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that the American Astronomical Society announces the passing of AAS past-president John Peter Huchra on October 8.

John was one of those unique astronomers with friends and interests across the whole discipline. He stayed vigorous and active in our field even after suffering a heart attack a few years ago. John was passionate about astronomy and life, full of energy and ideas. He served the Society phenomenally well in his two years as president (and year as president-elect and in his current term as past president). During the same time he served the Society, he served our discipline by working actively on the Decadal Survey Committee. He was always willing to say yes to committee service and always offered sage advice. His research and his AAS and Decadal Survey visions are a legacy for us all. It was an honor and a privilege to work and laugh with him, and we will very much miss his presence at the table of past leaders of our Society. We cannot yet grasp this devastating news, except to know there's now a great void and a shared profound sadness.

There will be visiting hours on Monday, October 11 at the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., Lexington, MA, from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 12 in Story Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge at 11:00 A.M.; friends are invited to attend. Donations in his memory may be made to MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Our hearts go out to his wife Rebecca Henderson and his son Harry.

With deepest sympathy to all of those who knew and loved John,

Debra Elmegreen, AAS President
Kevin Marvel, AAS EO