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Father George Coyne Memorial Information

Here is a note from Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ.

"We have set up a memorial website where people can share their memories of Father George Coyne:

Our ultimate plan is to publish a book with a selection of his writings, together with memories posted at this memorial site. To make that happen, we want to raise enough money to support that book and continue the work that George so loved: the science of the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, the education of young astronomers (especially from the developing world), engagement of the public with our astronomy, and our vision of faith and science working together.


Our target is $280,000 in the Father Coyne Memorial Fund — or ten thousand dollars a year for each of the 28 years that he directed the Vatican Observatory. Only if we reach the $100,000 level will we be able to prepare the book of George’s writings and your comments. If we reach our full goal, then everyone who has contributed at least $25 will get a copy of the book.


There are two ways that you can contribute. You can go directly to the web site, at There you can see what’s been posted already, who has left a memorial, and add your own. Alternatively, you can simply mail your remembrance and donation directly to our address in Tucson: Vatican Observatory Foundation, 2017 E Lee St, Tucson AZ 85719.


Please take a look at the page, and contribute what you can, as you can. We already have one major gift to start things off, and we hope to get a few more of that scale; but we'll also look for lots of smaller amounts as well.

We hope this page will give all of us a way to remember George and carry out his legacy for a new generation of Vatican astronomers."

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