[meteorite-list] Fw: [BAA-ebulletin 00711] Sir Patrick Moore

From: Ed Majden <epmajden_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 09:07:46 -0800
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Subject: [BAA-ebulletin 00711] Sir Patrick Moore

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> It is with the deepest sadness that I report the death just before 12.30
> today of Sir Patrick Moore.
> Patrick has long been an inspiration and guide for so many BAA members.
> He served as the Association's President from 1982-1984, as well as
> directing with energy and distinction both the Mercury & Venus Section
> and the Lunar Section. Indeed, he performed the latter role on two
> occasions, from 1964-1968 and from 1971-1976. In recent years he has
> been an honorary Vice-President, and although he has been unable to
> attend our meetings, he has continued to take an active interest in the
> affairs of the Association that he first joined in December 1934 at the
> age of 11. He made a point of visiting the BAA stand at Astrofest 2012,
> despite not being in the best of health.
> There can be few BAA members who do not owe their interest in astronomy
> to the influence of Patrick, either through his numerous publications or
> his monthly "Sky at Night" television programme. His enthusiasm was
> deeply infectious, and what he had to say was truly inspirational. Many
> of us benefited from personal contact with him - the time and energy he
> devoted to correspondence with all who wrote to him was quite amazing,
> and his hospitality at Farthings legendary.
> Patrick's passing was peaceful, at home in Selsey, where he was
> surrounded by those closest to him. Many of us felt that this day could
> never come, and that the normal laws of nature would somehow be
> suspended in this case. Sadly and inevitably, that was not be be, and we
> shall all miss a presence that has enriched British astronomy, and the
> lives of most of us, for as long as we can remember.
> In due course we shall have occasion to pay full and proper tribute to
> the man and his achievements. The grief we feel at this moment is
> bitter, but Patrick's legacy is immense - and that is something from
> which we shall all continue to benefit in the future.
> Bill Leatherbarrow
> President
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