Fall 2011 Department News

Tom Gehrels: A Celebration of Life

Guests on UA Mall watching the RNLAF fly-by.

On September 16, 2011, LPL hosted a celebration of the life of Professor Tom Gehrels. About 180 guests---family, friends, and colleagues---came together to share their memories of Tom. The celebration began with a joyful and exhilarating fly-by of four Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F16s. The RNLAF fly-by was performed in honor of Dr. Gehrels' World War II service. Neil and George Gehrels narrated a slide program and presented Tom's biography. Richard P. Binzel and Robert S. McMillan discussed Tom's contributions to science, and guests had the opportunity to tell their stories about Tom during an open mic session. A string quartet featuring Tom's granddaughter Aleida, an accomplished musician, played some of Tom's favorite music during the reception. It was a lovely afternoon spent in celebration and tribute to Dr. Gehrels.

Gehrels celebration