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Charles Franklin Prosser Jr. (1963 - 1998)

Charles Franklin Prosser, Jr. was born in San Diego on August 26, 1963. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio in 1981 and received a BS in physics and astronomy (cum laude, and with election to Phi Beta Kappa) from Ohio State University. While at OSU, he worked with Arne Slettebak and attended summer programs at NRAO and NCAR, working respectively with C. P. O'Dea and D. Mihalas. He subsequently attended the University of California, Santa Cruz (joining AAS in 1989) and earned a PhD in astronomy in 1991.

Andrew G. Michalitsianos (1947 - 1997)

Andrew Michalitsianos, Chief of the Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics (LASP) at Goddard Space Flight Center, died of brain cancer on October 19, 1997. He was 50 years old. Until his last days, he was hard at work on reorganizing and rejuvenating the Laboratory of which he had recently taken command, and on a proposal for a spacecraft to monitor temporal changes in the ultraviolet and X-ray spectra of stars and active galaxies. Because he changed his legal name in the early 1970's, his more than 100 publications are variously published under A.G. Michalitsanos (early) and A.G.

Gabriel Kojoian (1927 - 1998)

Dr. Gabriel Kojoian passed away on May 17, 1998, victim of a fatal heart attack. He was 70. For the past two decades, Kojoian was professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, where he was a popular teacher, noted for his enthusiasm and often unconventional approach to his subject matter.

Karl Walter Kamper (1941 - 1998)

Karl Kamper, astrometrist, spectroscopist, and instrumentation scientist was born on 1941 April 20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a BSc with honors in astronomy from Georgetown University in 1963 and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. Full time employment from 1969 onward accounted for the long time between degrees.

Richard B. Herr (1936 - 1997)

Richard Herr, who spent his career at the University of Delaware, died on February 25, 1997, just days before his sixty-first birthday. He was born in Pennsylvania, graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, earned an MS in Physics from the University of Delaware and a PhD from the Case Institute of Technology. He joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1964.

Georgeanne Caughlan (1916 - 1994)

Georgeanne Caughlan, Professor of Physics Emerita at Montana State University, Bozeman, died January 3, 1994, at the age of 77.

Jan, as she was known to her co-workers, friends, and relatives, was born in Montesano, Washington, the fourth of five children. She attended the University of Washington and obtained a BS in physics in 1937. Her academic career was then put on hold by marriage and the raising of her own five children. When her family was old enough, she returned to graduate school at UW and received a PhD in physics in 1964.

John E. Baer (1947 - 1998)

John Baer was born on April 21, 1947. He majored in astronomy at the University of Washington, obtaining his BS degree in 1970 and his MS in 1973. For a few years he taught at North Seattle Community College, but left to join his family’s home furnishings store, Carpet World, where he became president of the company. His computer skills proved to be very useful in updating the company’s accounting, inventory, etc. John had many interests in addition to astronomy, including painting, poetry, and music.

Cornelis Zwaan (1928 - 1999)

Comelis ("Kees") Zwaan was a well-known solar physicist at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Together with his graduate students he also ventured out to other cool stars, concentrating on their magnetic activity. He was a member of the AAS and the Solar Physics Division and had close ties with many American astrophysicists. He died from cancer in his house at Doorn, The Netherlands on June 16, 1999. He had had major surgery in 1998, but recovered so fast that we and his other friends expected to have him with us much longer. The end came far too soon.

Leonida Rosino (1915 - 1997)

Leonida Rosino, Professor emeritus of Astronomy at the University of Padua and former Director, for 30 years, of the Padova and Asiago Observatories, died in Padova on July 31, 1997, at the age of 81. Born in Treviso (Italy) on September 19, 1915, Rosino receive his degree in physics at the University of Padova. His advisor was Bruno Rossi, then Director of the Padova Physics Institute.

He then spent the first 15 years of his career at the University of Bologna before moving back to Padova.

Daniel M. Popper (1913 - 1999)

Daniel Magnes Popper was born at Oakland, California on 17 August 1913 into an assimilated Jewish family that had already provided several California community leaders. He earned degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, an AB in 1934 and a PhD in 1938, defending a dissertation on Spectrophotometry of Nova Lacertae 1936, supervised by Arthur B. Wyse. The published version appeared in Astrophysical Journal, though Dan said many years later that he would have preferred publication in Lick Observatory Bulletins.

Paris Marie Pişmiş (1911 - 1999)

On August 1st, a cherished teacher and friend, Paris Pişmiş, passed away. During her lifetime Pişmiş published more than 120 research articles on various topics of astrophysics. Her primary interest was galactic structure. She carried out some of the first photometric observations of young stellar clusters and discovered three globular clusters and 20 open clusters. She also studied the effects of interstellar absorption in stellar associations on the observed stellar distribution.

William McCrea (1904 - 1999)

Sir William Hunter ('Bill') McCrea, doyen of British astronomy, held in respect and affection by all generations, died peacefully on April 25, at the age of 94. McCrea was born in Dublin, the eldest child of a schoolmaster. His parents were strict members of the Plymouth Brethren, but by the age of eighteen he had become a confirmed Anglican, a faith he retained all his life.