Obituaries Listing

Obituaries of Society members are published as a tribute and for future historians of science. The Vice-Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) is responsible for commissioning and compiling the obituaries. We depend entirely on the network of astronomical colleagues, including astronomy department and observatory administrators, for notification when an astronomer has died.

To inform us of the death of an astronomer or to volunteer to write the obituary of a colleague please complete the Obituary Submission Form or contact the current HAD Vice-Chair or Crystal Tinch.

May 03, 2019

William R. Ward

William (Bill) Roger Ward was a preeminent theoretician who studied the formation and evolution of planetary systems. He was born on January 11, 1944, and passed away at the age of 74 on September 20, 2018, at his home in Prescott, Arizona, after a battle with brain cancer. Ward’s many…

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Jan 02, 2019


In collaboration with the AAS Historical Astronomy Division, obituaries for members of the community are published in the BAAS. Tarsh Freeman

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Aug 17, 2018 Tarsh Freeman

Tarsh Freeman

Tarsh Freeman, Jr., dedicated astronomer, college teacher, husband, and father, died 19 January 2018 at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was 66. Born on 15 September 1951 in Oakman, Alabama, Tarsh (“Junior,” as he was affectionately known by family members) was the eldest son of the…

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Aug 17, 2018

Robert R. Brownlee

Robert Rex Brownlee, retired nuclear weapons scientist at Los Alamos, died at his home in Loveland, Colorado, on 2 May 2018 at age 94. Born in Zenith, Kansas, on 4 March 1924 to Clarence W. and Francis C. Brownlee, he was the eldest of his parents’ three children. Robert Brownlee…

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Jul 20, 2018

Theodore P. Stecher

Theodore P. (Ted) Stecher, 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, 29 October 2017 in Silver Spring, MD, surrounded by his family.

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