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Stephan Donald Price (1941 - 2012)

A key chapter of discovery in infrared astronomy has closed with the death of Stephan D. Price on 1 December 2012. Steve grew up in Los Angeles in a modest household and graduated from UCLA with an AB in 1963. While a graduate student, he worked for ITT Federal Labs on one of the first infrared sky surveys, foreshadowing his greatest contribution to infrared astronomy, the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory (AFGL) Infrared Sky Survey. He earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1970 with Bob Wing.

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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.