Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 13:26:57 -0600 (CST)
Subject: DPS Mailing #04-04:  Remembering Sinton and Pickering
Note from the Secretary:  This is a special enews containing timely 
information.  The regular enews with Division and meeting information 
will be out next week.
--Linda French Emmons
Bill Sinton, a pioneer in the field of infrared planetary 
astronomy,died Tuesday morning (March 16th) at his home in Flagstaff 
after a ten-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.  A native of 
Baltimore and a WW2 veteran, he obtained his PhD from Johns Hopkins 
University in 1953.  He worked at Lowell Observatory and at the 
University of Hawaii, where he played a key role in the early 
development of Mauna Kea Observatory.  He led one of the first 
systematic programs to observe Io's volcanos from the Earth, and helped 
to found the International Jupiter Watch in 1987.  After his retirement 
and return to Flagstaff in 1990, and even after he became ill, he 
remained active in the field,
serving on Lowell Observatory's advisory board and frequently attending 
conferences even when confined to a wheelchair.  His memoir "I Choose 
to Live", describing his experience with the disease, was published in 
2002.  He will be missed.
There will be a memorial service in Flagstaff on March 27th.  If you 
have any remembrances of Bill that you would like to be mentioned at 
the service, please pass them along to John Spencer  
(  You can also reach his wife Marge Sinton 
directly at
Dr. William H. Pickering, a central figure in the program and 
former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, 
Calif., passed away Monday of pneumonia at his home in La Canada
Flintridge, Calif. He was 93.  
Pickering was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and was naturalized 
a U.S. citizen in 1941. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Caltech 
before becoming a professor of electrical engineering there in 1946.
Pickering, known affectionately as "Mr. JPL," served as
director from 1954 to 1976.  Pickering received numerous awards 
throughout his career, including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal. In 
1975, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Gerald 
Ford, and in 1976 he was given honorary knighthood from the Queen of 
England. He also   received awards from numerous science and 
engineering societies.
His widow, Inez Chapman Pickering, and daughter, Elizabeth
Pickering Mezitt, survive him.
Linda French Emmons, DPS Secretary Illinois Wesleyan University