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ROLF MEIER 1953-2016

June 27, 2016

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Age 62, of Ottawa, Ontario passed away Sunday, June 26th, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. Rolf was born in Goslar, Germany on July 24th, 1953 immigrating to Canada at the age of 5 and already showing a fascination with the stars. His interests matured into a well-rounded understanding of the natural world, with a formal education in electrical engineering from Carleton University (1977) and wide success as a prolific amateur astronomer. He went on to discover four comets which bear his name (Meier 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984). He received the RASC’s Chant Medal in 1979 for his contributions. The brilliant accomplishments in his work and hobbies gained him a great deal of respect from his peers and earned him many awards throughout his working life, including numerous US patents. At home he spent most of his time outdoors, meticulously crafting and maintaining a beautiful property. His remarkable expertise extended to countless subjects, with a knack for capturing amazing photos, constructing precise woodworking and carpentry, and building or fixing anything mechanical. He is survived by his wife Linda, son Matt and his wife Melissa, brother Oliver (Kim), and parents Inge and Rolf Sr. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Canadian Cancer Society (cancer.ca) or the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. A visitation will take place at C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. (127 Church St., Almonte) from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, July 4th followed by a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m.

Condolences & Tributes: www.crgamble.com


ROLF MEIER - a collection of his video presentations

Mars Opposition - April 2008 - 1:36:45
Lunar and Planetary Imaging Workshop - July 2008 - 1:13:30
Collection of images - September 2008 - 29:45
Attach Cameras to Telescopes July 2009 - 1:07:34
A New Spot on Jupiter - August 2009 - 1:08:55
Carp StarParty Location (Linda) - September 2009 - 42:30
4 Observatories - July 2010 - 06:30
Arizona Public Outreach - April 2011 - 7:08
Arizona Sky Village - May 2011 - 46:15
VLA Visit - June 2011 - 1:22:44
Interesting Observatories of the South West - July 2011 - 1:11:30
Observation Report - May 2012
New Mexico Space and Astronomy - May 2013 - 46:30

ROLF MEIER - a collection of his images

Image of Saturn Taken Near 2002 Opposition Date
My Observatory
ASTRO-IMAGES

A dedication to ROLF MEIER by David H. Levy, published in Sky & Telescope - June 29, 2016


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Weldon HANNAFORD - 2016

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We have great memories of Weldon helping build the observatory at SmartScope (image). He has regularly attended monthly meetings for many years.

(Retired Geophysicist at E.M.R.) Peacefully at St. Patrick's Home on Monday, July 4, 2016 in his 91st year. Weldon Hannaford, cherished husband of Patricia (nee Gavan). Loving father of Gail Boila and Lisa Hannaford-Wong (See-Yi). Proud grandfather of Ian, Aaron and Sarah Boila and Michael and Sarah Wong. Great-grandfather to Travis. Brother of Wayne (Heather). Predeceased by his son, Mark. Weldon was a geophysicist for the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. A special thank you to the staff in the Dublin Unit at St. Patrick's Home for their wonderful care. Friends may pay their respects to the family at The Whelan Funeral Home, 515 Cooper St. (between Bay and Lyon) on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial at St Mary's Church (Young St. & Bayswater) on Thursday, July 7 at 11 a.m. A time of refreshment and fellowship will follow in the church hall. Cremation to follow. Donations in memory to the Companion's of The Cross or St. Patrick's Home greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488. -

WELDON HANNAFORD - video presentation

Cosmic Rays



Alvin "Al" SEAMAN -2016

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Died peacefully after a brief illness on this glorious Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, with his loving family by his side. He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Marie (nee Traversy). Al was the much loved and extremely proud father of Duncan (Marsha), Janet Stanley (Glenn), Donald (Marie-Claude Beauchamp), Sandra MacKenzie (Ryan), Wendy Chaytor (Michael) and Grampa to Emily, Scott, Alexandre, Mélanie, Ilsa, Richard, Walter, and Charles. He is mourned by his sister Gennie Cuthbertson (late Dave). Al will be missed by his treasured pet, Jasper, the Alaskan Malamute.

Al was a brilliant, creative engineer and scientist. His career was exciting, beginning with the Defence Research Board working on cutting-edge radar development and later telecommunications research.

He then joined Carleton University Computer Centre followed by twenty years as an executive at Digital Equipment of Canada. After retirement he co-founded AstroCom Associates Inc. focussing on telecommunications and aerospace. He served on several professional boards. He was a generous volunteer with the Lanark County Crime Stoppers, worked tirelessly with the Mississippi River Watchers in defence of his favourite river, and was the Director of the observatory at the Mill of Kintail, part of the Ottawa Centre Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

He was also an ingenious practical joker who spent many hours creating humourous situations and events that drove some of his co-workers bananas.

Al was a lover of nature with diverse interests and hobbies including astronomy, genealogy, photography, geo-caching (over 3000 caches logged), and exploring Canada’s great outdoors and waterways. He played poker for almost 50 years with his best buddies endlessly winning and losing the same old pennies.

AL SEAMAN - a collection of his video presentations

Mars Opposition - April 2008 - 1:01:15


FREDERICK P. LOSSING NRC Chemist - 1915-1998

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On Saturday, October 24, 1998, the RASC Ottawa Centre Observatory was re-named in honour of Dr. Frederick P. Lossing, a long-time member of the Ottawa Centre of the RASC, and one of the people most instrumental in the building of the observatory. There was a short dedication ceremony and the old name (Indian River Observatory) was replaced with the new.
Dr. Frederick P. Lossing Observatory - Newtonian Commemorative Plaque
Fred Lossing died on May 22 1998 at the age of 82. Those privileged to have known him are deeply saddened at his passing. Fred was unique, there will never be another like him. These reminiscences from some so privileged provide evidence of his individuality, character and personal caring.


MARY GREY 1927-1996

Miss Mary Grey. RASC President 1986-88. Photo taken on 1984 June 30 at the Hamilton GA. Photo by Norman Green
MARY W. GREY was born Mary Scribner in 1927 in Chipman, New Brunswick After receiving her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of NB, she worked for the Geodetic Survey of Canada where she got her first taste of practical astronomy. But, as Mary says, her "passion" for astronomy took fire after moving to the DO and after joining the RASC.

From 1964 to 1977, Mrs Grey held various offices in the Ottawa Centre including a term as President in 1975-76. Nationally, she chaired the Committee on Publications, Sales and Advertising in the '60s, wrote notes on the Dominion Observatory for the Journal in 1968-70, became well-known at General Assemblies for her warmth and humour, and ultimately, in 1982, embarked on the ten-year tour of Presidential Offices. Mary Grey received the Service Award in 1990 for her years of devotion to the Society. After ten years at the DO, Mrs Grey moved to the National Museum of Science and Technology in 1974, where she became the Head of the Astronomy Division and later the Senior Curator of Physical Sciences. Her career there has been devoted to the promotion of public interest in and knowledge about astronomy through teaching and broadcasting, and writing a newspaper column as well as the Museum's quarterly, Sky News. Mrs. Grey's interest in history and heritage was evident in her informed talks on the history of the Dominion Observatory and especially in her successful efforts in getting the 38 cm DO refractor installed at the NMST in a building of its own, where it is used for the pleasure of the public. It was dedicated as the Helen Sawyer Hogg Observatory in 1989. In recognition of her promotion of astronomy at the Museum, Mary Grey received the Civil Service Association of Canada's prestigious Merit Award in 1989.


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