From the Board of Visitors Executive Committee


Thanks to Sponsors, Partners
for making 75th-Anniversary Events Possible

Through the end of April 2014, McDonald Observatory has celebrated its 75th-anniversary (counting from the May 5, 1939, dedication of the observatory's original 82-inch telescope) with more than a dozen separate speaker events around the state of Texas.

We thank the following generous donors for funding these events and for helping us create the planned 75th-Anniversary Endowment for Education and Outreach (goal $75,000).

  • Official Media Sponsor:
    Texas Monthly magazine
  • Making Texas History Sponsors: Mesa Engineering, Joe Orr (honored posthumously)
  • Galaxy Sponsors:
    Carol Whitcraft Fredericks, Ted and Kathy Gray
  • Supernova Sponsor:
    Finley Resources
  • Star Sponsors:
    Memo and Sonia Benavides, Joe and Brenda Cialone,
    Frost Bank Austin, Rick Herrman and Margaret O’Donnell,
    Maryanne and Tom Mitchell honoring Irene and Pete White,
    Grant and Sherri Roane, Ralph and Bette Thomas,
    and Francis and Genie Wright
  • Meteor Sponsors:
    John Imperatore, Jim Johnson and Coleen Quinn, and The Whitley Group

In addition we thank the following Board of Visitors members, friends, and partner institutions for their work in making our speaker series a success.

  • Austin, October
    Presenter, Dr. Frank Bash; Host, The Blanton Museum of Art; Partner, Texas Exes Austin Chapter
  • Fort Davis, October
    Presenter, Dr. Tom Barnes; Host, The Jeff Davis County Library
  • Houston, January
    Presenter, Dr. Don Winget; Host, The Houston Museum of Natural Science; Partner, Texas Exes Houston Chapter
  • Abilene, February
    Presenter, Dr. Matthew Shetrone; Hosts, McMurry University and BoV member Charles Ivey; Partner, Texas Exes Abilene Chapter
  • Midland, March
    Presenters: Dr. Matthew Shetrone and Dr. David Lambert; Hosts: Museum of the Southwest Blakemore Planetarium, Texas Exes Midland Chapter, Midland Rotary, and former BoV member Joan Baskin
  • San Antonio, March
    Presenter: Dr. Fritz Benedict; Hosts: Witte Museum; Partner: Texas Exes San Antonio Chapter
  • Laredo, April
    Presenter: Dr. Karl Gebhardt; Hosts: Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium and Texas A&M International University, along with BoV member Memo Benavides; Partner: Texas Exes Laredo Chapter
  • Fort Worth, April
    Presenter: Dr. J. Craig Wheeler; Hosts: Trinity Valley School, along with BoV member Glenn Adams; Partner: Texas Exes Fort Worth Chapter
  • McDonald Observatory, April
    Presenters: Drs. David Lambert, Niv Drory, and Fritz Benedict; Open House Hosts: McDonald Observatory and the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center
  • Austin, April
    Presenter: Dr. Daniel Jaffe; Host: Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • Dallas, May
    Presenter: Dr. David Lambert; Host: Perot Museum of Nature and Science; Partner: Texas Exes Dallas Chapter
  • Paris, May
    Presenter: Dr. David Lambert; Host: Rotary of Paris and the Paris Junior College; Partner: Texas Exes Paris Chapter

And we thank the following donors to our special appeal on indiegogo.com to help us bring the historic 82-inch Otto Struve Telescope model back to Texas.

  • Heavy Lifters
    W. Jackson Long, Don Moses
  • Long-Haulers
    Thomas Barnes, Robert Bartlett, Jeff Beauchamp, James and Tammy King, Gus and Mary Lott, Kevin and Judy Meyer, Elaine Small, Judie Stanford
  • Teamsters
    Thomas Andreen, Elizabeth Banks, Joel Barna, Harry Bearman, Fritz Benedict, Frank and Dee Cianciolo, David Clift-Reaves, George Cooper, Patrick Crumley, Julie Delio, Lara Eakins, Melyssa Fratkin, Charles Geiger, Coyne Gibson, Christi Hay, Allen and Lynneth Hoppe, Rebecca Johnson, Kyle Kaplan, S.A. Kauffman, Lynn Keeling, John Lacy, Mark Lambert, Aaron Malakoff, Nancy Meacham, Ronnie Phillips, Danielle Plumer, Melissa Pollard, Sandi Preston, Hem Ramachandran, Judit Ries, Marshall Steves, Tony Stone, Bob Thrasher, Charles Tubbs, Matt Vann, Lisette Wilson, Fred Winter, Bill Wren

April 2014
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