Amateur Astronomer

ASTRONOMICAL EXPERIENCE

1969-1987 Observed and reported 4,497 observations of variable stars to the AAVSO Hope to resume observations in retirement.

1967-1975 Observed and reported observations of comets to ALPO and SAO, including comets Abbe, Fujikawa, Tago-Sato-Kosaka, Bennett, Kohoutek and West. My sketch of the coma of comet Bennett, made with the 54cm Stamford Observatory Gregory Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope, was published on cover of The Strolling Astronomer (JALPO), Vol.28, No. 11-12.

1968-1970 Assistant Curator, Stamford Observatory, Stamford, Connecticut. Major Instrument: 54cm Reflecting Telescope (Maksutov-Cassegrain). Observation of planets, (particularly day time observations of Mercury and transit of Mercury), comets, variable stars, and lunar occultation's.

1974-1975 Technical Associate, Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory, Greenville, Maryland. Major Instrument: 60cm Reflecting Telescope (Cassegrain). Observation of Variable Stars.

1983-1987 International Halley Watch, Regional Recorder, Advised amateur observers in the Southeastern region of the United States. Assessed and consolidated observations for the International Halley Watch Visual Observers Program.

ASTRONOMICAL ORGANIZATIONS

National/International Organizations

1968-Present American Association of Variable Star Observers. Elected to AAVSO Council, 1978; Vice President 1982-85; President 1985-87, and 1992-93. For my services to the AAVSO as an observer, Council member, officer, and leader of the AAVSO Futures Study, I was honored with the presentation of the 36th AAVSO Merit Award.

Member: American Astronomical Society, Antique Telescope Society, Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, British Astronomical Association.

Local Societies

1967-1970 Fairfield County Astronomical Society, Stamford, Connecticut.

1972-1975 Willingboro Astronomical Society, Willingboro, New Jersey.

1970-1972 and 1975 to present— Houston Astronomical Society, Houston,Texas. Served as Observing Committee Chairman, 1976-78, President, 1979, Director-at-large, 1980-81, Chairman, Observatory Dedication, 1983, and Program Chairman, 1993.

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