In the Shadow of a Giant
The Ottawa Centre lost part of its soul when long-time member
Fred Lossing passed away peacefully in hospital on May
22 at the age of 82. Fred was a driving force behind the establishment
of the club's Indian River Observatory and the North Mountain
site that preceded it. And, as Observatory Committee chairman
Al Seaman writes in this issue, Fred was a key figure in the design
and construction of the club's 16-inch telescope. He was also
instrumental in the formation of the Observers Group, which he
attended regularly (who can forget Fred's pointed questions and
"technical clarifications" at the end of many of the
For all of this, people will inevitably remember Fred Lossing
for their personal contacts with him. He was a warm, caring man
of wit and humour who shared freely of himself. Several years
ago my own family delighted in the extraordinary experience of
being entertained by Fred in his basement laboratory. He was for
many of us a source of information and inspiration, and his presence
will be sorely missed.
The Ottawa Centre Council is discussing plans for a Fred Lossing
Please ensure your RASC membership is up to date (check the expiry
date on your AstroNotes label). More than a dozen people
whose memberships expired in 1997, and two whose 'ships expired
in '96, are still receiving courtesy mail-out copies of the newsletter,
however...without valid memberships these people are ineligible
to vote or hold office (ooh - there's a deterrent). Please get
your $36 membership payment in to National Office as soon as possible
so that you can continue to receive the Observer's Handbook
, the RASC Journal, the complimentary subscription
to SkyNews, etc.
The Ottawa Centre encourages new members to join the Society.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the RASC, please
see Art Fraser at the Observers Group meeting for an application
form. Believe me, this could be the best $36 you've ever spent.
Congratulations go out to newly wed Ottawa Centre member
David Robinson and his companion of about a dozen years,
Adele Quarrington. David and Adele tied the knot in Ottawa
last Valentine's Day (their unofficial "anniversary"
date for the past decade or so).
Rob and Mary McCallum are thrilled to announce the
arrival of a new baby brother for 3½-year-old daughter Rachel
. Young master Evan (9 lbs. 9 ozs.) was born on April
5 and, get this, is sleeping through the night (ya gotta love