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Dr. Dorrit Hoffleit - Rest in Peace

I have just been the recipient of extraordinary sad news.

Dr. Dorrit Hoffleit, Senior Research Astronomer for Yale University, Director Emeritus of the Maria Mitchell Observatory, author of the groundbreaking Yale Bright Star Catalog cataloging every naked eye star in the sky, and dear, dear friend of many in the American Association of Variable Star Observers where she was an officer for many years, died yesterday afternoon after a brief illness, at the age of 100 years and one month.

I had the great privilege of meeting and talking to Dr. Hoffleit a year or so ago. She signed her autobiography for me.

Dorrit was a pioneer in several senses of the word. She never slowed down and was still giving papers at the age of 99. I was fortunate to hear a couple of them presented.

Another bright light has faded from the world. This was not some shallow entertainer that CNN will write about and everyone will know. No, this was someone who significantly contributed to the quest for knowledge that makes being a human being worth it.

Dormu Pace, kara Dorrit.

Say "Hi" to Janet for all of us.

Comments

Thanks for informing us or we would have never know about this.

May she rest in peace.

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Thanks for passing the word. This is very sad, though hardly unexpected. She accomplished absolutely amazing things in her well lived life.
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