From: FRED ESPENAK firstname.lastname@example.org To: SOLARECLIPSES@AULA.COM Subject: [SE] Ken Willcox, 1943-1999 Date: Monday, March 01, 1999 4:08 PM
Dear friends, I saddens me greatly to tell you that Ken Willcox died on February 26, 1999. Ken was a dedicated eclipse chaser who organized 6 major expeditions to total solar eclipses in 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999. He was an enthusiastic popularizer of astronomy and gave frequent public lectures as well as teaching astronomy classes.
But Ken's major love was eclipses. We spent many happy hours together discussing plans for each upcoming eclipse and how we would observe and photograph the big event. Ken's enthusiasm and mid-western friendliness endeared him to all he met. He cared deeply about sharing the experience of totality with as many people as possible. He recently finished revising the second edition of "TOTALITY: Eclipses of the Sun" which will be published by Oxford University Press in May 1999.
In the five years I knew him, Ken became more than a good friend. He was like a brother to me. I will always treasure the memories of our voyages together into the Moon's shadow. Farewell my friend. I will miss you more than words can possibly express. Fred Espenak
From: Patrick Poitevin ppoitevin@VILLAGE.UUNET.BE To: VVS@listserv.cc.kuleuven.ac.be Subject: [VVS] Overlijden Ken Willcox Date: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 8:18 PM
Een der grootste eclipse chasers der aarde overleed op 26 februari ll. Ken Willcox, auteur van het goede eclipsboek Totality en eclipsreis organisator overleed op 56 jarige leeftijd. Het doet pijn een vriend te verliezen waarmee je zolang contact hebt. Hij heeft de duisternis voorgoed gevonden. PP
From: Patrick Poitevin email@example.com To: SOLARECLIPSES@AULA.COM Subject: Re: [SE] Ken Willcox, 1943-1999 Date: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 8:11 PM
Dear Fred, My condolance. This is really a chock for me as well. What a loss and how could it happen so unexpected. We all will miss Ken. All the best, Patrick
From: FRED ESPENAK firstname.lastname@example.org To: SOLARECLIPSES@AULA.COM Subject: Re: [SE] Ken Willcox, 1943-1999 Date: Monday, March 08, 1999 9:53 PM
Dear Friends of Ken Willcox - I have dedicated my eclipse web site to Ken Willcox: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
I have also set up a memorial page to Ken with an obituary: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/Willcox.html
Ken will be with us all in spirit next August 11! Fred Espenak
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