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 December 6, 2008

Department Mourns Loss of Steven Varlese (BS, Physics, 1975)

The Department regrets to report that Steven Varlese (BS, Physics, 1975) unexpectedly passed away on November 29, 2008. As an undergraduate, Steve helped Judy Pipher develop her first instrumental programs in Infrared Astronomy. He also gave tours of the C.E.K. Mees Observatory (photo, right).

Years ago, Steve began sending generous annual donations to support the Observatory and help Astronomy undergraduates at the University. He was closely associated with several other observatories and supported them, as well.

As recently as January of 2008, Steve joined the Gemini Observatory's instrument development team, where he served as Instrument Program Manager throughout the year. The Department of Physics and Astronomy remains very proud of Steven Varlese, and we wish his family well.

» read more about the C.E.K. Mees Observatory Memorial Fund honoring Steve's memory

» read Gemini Observatory's memorial webpage