In the Shadow of a Giant

Brian McCullough

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 presentations).

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 memorial.

Membership Renewals

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.

New Memberships

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).

...with Children...

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 it)!
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