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Robert Burnham Jr. Memorial

This gallery documents the efforts and collaboration of amateur and professional astronomers in establishing a Robert Burnham Jr. monument at Lowell Observatory. It starts with Tony Ortega's 1997 article in Phoenix NewTimes that brought Burnham's story to light & Mike Gilmer's August 2006 suggestion on "Cloudy Nights" to memorialize Burnham then moves on to designing a plaque and finding a site & boulder at Lowell Observatory then finally on to the celebration and unveiling on August 15, 2009. FEB.22 2010--Burnham scholarship to be awarded May27,2010 by Lowell Director. June 2010--Dr. Eileen Friel resigns after one year as Lowell Observatory Director. June 2011--Tony Ortega, VillageVoice Editor runs unabridged version of Mr. Burnham's 1982 Astronomy magazine auto-interview on his blog. Part 1: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/06/robert_burnham_j.php & Part 2: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/06/robert_burnham_j_1.php
Tony Ortega's Sept. 1997 article in the Phoenix NewTimes: www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1997-09-25/news/sky-writer/
Tony Ortega's Sept. 1997 article in the Phoenix NewTimes: www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1997-09-25/news/sky-writer/
Mike Gilmer AKA Glassthrower suggests a Burnham Memorial on August 2006's CloudyNightsamateur astronomer forums.
Mike Gilmer AKA Glassthrower suggests a Burnham Memorial on August 2006's "CloudyNights"amateur astronomer forums.
Scoping out a site for the memorial, 2006 Lowell Observatory
Scoping out a site for the memorial, 2006 Lowell Observatory
Group Photo from December 2006 Rotunda at Lowell Observatory
Group Photo from December 2006 Rotunda at Lowell Observatory
Bruce & Norm Thomas, Donna & Viola Courtney warming up in Lowell's library.
Bruce & Norm Thomas, Donna & Viola Courtney warming up in Lowell's library.
This building houses the Pluto Scope, an astrograph where Burnham photo'd the sky for the Proper Motion Survey
This building houses the Pluto Scope, an astrograph where Burnham photo'd the sky for the Proper Motion Survey
It ends up that this guy points the way to the Burnham Memorial!
It ends up that this guy points the way to the Burnham Memorial!
Pluto Telescope-the Astrograph that helped discover Pluto and where Burnham and Norm Thomas spent many nights photoing the sky.
Pluto Telescope-the Astrograph that helped discover Pluto and where Burnham and Norm Thomas spent many nights photoing the sky.
Burnham's co-worker on the Proper Motion Survey, Norm Thomas&Brian Skiff, Research Astronomer at Lowell Observatory
Burnham's co-worker on the Proper Motion Survey, Norm Thomas&Brian Skiff, Research Astronomer at Lowell Observatory
Entry from Pluto-scope logbook,look for Burnham's initials.
Entry from Pluto-scope logbook,look for Burnham's initials.
More site scouting June 2007 MaryKeller(Jenn's daughter), JennPolakis, BrianSkiff, the  24 Clark Refractor@Lowell
More site scouting June 2007 MaryKeller(Jenn's daughter), JennPolakis, BrianSkiff, the 24" Clark Refractor@Lowell
Prospective memorial site on the Clark Scope path
Prospective memorial site on the Clark Scope path
Plaque size upper limit--Betty Pickard Grove, Lowell Observatory
Plaque size upper limit--Betty Pickard Grove, Lowell Observatory
Page from Burnham's-trying to make the plaque in the same style.
Page from Burnham's-trying to make the plaque in the same style.
Early concept for memorial plaque
Early concept for memorial plaque
Burnham at the Pluto astrograph scope--photo used on the plaque
Burnham at the Pluto astrograph scope--photo used on the plaque
18x24 version of plaque--exceeded size limit
18x24" version of plaque--exceeded size limit
Later version of plaque 12x18 approved!
Later version of plaque 12x18" approved!
Final design--finally!
Final design--finally!
Taking the plaque on road trips...
Taking the plaque on road trips...
Plaque at Bouse Wash....
Plaque at Bouse Wash....
at Quartzsite,AZ....
at Quartzsite,AZ....
at Kofa observing site on Jenn's scope...
at Kofa observing site on Jenn's scope...
Tomb of Hi Jolly, Quartzsite, AZ...
Tomb of Hi Jolly, Quartzsite, AZ...
at SaguaroAstronomyClub's public Thunderbird Star Party--Rick Tejera and
at SaguaroAstronomyClub's public Thunderbird Star Party--Rick Tejera and
Bill and Susan Trask
Bill and Susan Trask
Burnham plaque at Pierre Schwaar's gravesite, National Memorial Cemetery Phoenix AZ
Burnham plaque at Pierre Schwaar's gravesite, National Memorial Cemetery Phoenix AZ
Boulder scouting--Tom of Mountain Stone Works and Dr. Millis,Director Emeritus of Lowell  Mars Hill May 2009
Boulder scouting--Tom of Mountain Stone Works and Dr. Millis,Director Emeritus of Lowell Mars Hill May 2009
Memorial in place! On the Pluto Walk  between Jupiter and Saturn May 29, 2009 Lowell Blog Entry
Memorial in place! On the Pluto Walk between Jupiter and Saturn May 29, 2009 Lowell Blog Entry
Tom Polakis, Mike & Ortrun Collins, Tony and Fatimah Ortega before driving to the Burnham Celebration, August 15, 2009
Tom Polakis, Mike & Ortrun Collins, Tony and Fatimah Ortega before driving to the Burnham Celebration, August 15, 2009
We stopped by to see the progress on the Discovery Channel/Lowell Scope. Fatimah & Tony Ortega and
We stopped by to see the progress on the Discovery Channel/Lowell Scope. Fatimah & Tony Ortega and
Mike Collins and his daughter Ortrun
Mike Collins and his daughter Ortrun
Welcome to Lowell Observatory (photo courtesy of Chris&Karen Hanrahan)
Welcome to Lowell Observatory (photo courtesy of Chris&Karen Hanrahan)
The Program--let me know if you'd like a copy mailed to you--M24@cox.net
The Program--let me know if you'd like a copy mailed to you--M24@cox.net
The Celebration/Memorial Unveiling... Kevin Schindler, Lowell Obs. Outreach Manager emceed
The Celebration/Memorial Unveiling... Kevin Schindler, Lowell Obs. Outreach Manager emceed
Lowell Observatory's new Director Dr. Eileen Friel--owned a set of Burnham's since grad school!
Lowell Observatory's new Director Dr. Eileen Friel--owned a set of Burnham's since grad school!
Donna Courtney reads her Uncle's poem from the preface of Volume I
Donna Courtney reads her Uncle's poem from the preface of Volume I
Tom Polakis with his 30 year old set of Burnham's--has observed every object in the Celestial Handbooks down to -50degrees.
Tom Polakis with his 30 year old set of Burnham's--has observed every object in the Celestial Handbooks down to -50degrees.
Jennifer Polakis--got the memorial project off the ground with a lot of help.
Jennifer Polakis--got the memorial project off the ground with a lot of help.
Tony Ortega--a history of the investigation and discovery of Robert Burnham Jr.s final years.
Tony Ortega--a history of the investigation and discovery of Robert Burnham Jr.s final years.
Norm Thomas, worked with Burnham many years on the Proper Motion Survey @ Lowell &
Norm Thomas, worked with Burnham many years on the Proper Motion Survey @ Lowell &
Norm's son, Bruce Thomas a good friend of Burnham's &
Norm's son, Bruce Thomas a good friend of Burnham's &
Page from Burnham's--Bruce is playing on the beach.
Page from Burnham's--Bruce is playing on the beach.
Nat White a colleague, neighbor and friend of Burnham reminesces
Nat White a colleague, neighbor and friend of Burnham reminesces
Presentation of scholarship and set of Burnham's to Prescott High School--Burnham's alma matter
Presentation of scholarship and set of Burnham's to Prescott High School--Burnham's alma matter
Celebration moves to the Memorial--Lowell Blog Entry #2
Celebration moves to the Memorial--Lowell Blog Entry #2
Kevin Schindler by veiled monument.
Kevin Schindler by veiled monument.
Dr. Friel and Donna Courtney unveiling...
Dr. Friel and Donna Courtney unveiling...
the
the
Robert Burnham Jr. Monument at Lowell Observatory. (unveiling photos courtesy of C&K Hanrahan)
Robert Burnham Jr. Monument at Lowell Observatory. (unveiling photos courtesy of C&K Hanrahan)
Burnham's sister Viola Courtney, Tony Ortega, Niece Donna Courtney, Nat White,Norm&BruceThomas, JennPolakis at the memorial
Burnham's sister Viola Courtney, Tony Ortega, Niece Donna Courtney, Nat White,Norm&BruceThomas, JennPolakis at the memorial
Burnham's Sister Viola Courtney, Tony Ortega, Neice Donna Courtney and Lowell Director, Dr. Friel
Burnham's Sister Viola Courtney, Tony Ortega, Neice Donna Courtney and Lowell Director, Dr. Friel
Viola Courtney, Tony Ortega, Donna Courtney reading the plaque
Viola Courtney, Tony Ortega, Donna Courtney reading the plaque
Viola Courtney
Viola Courtney
Donna and Viola Courtney
Donna and Viola Courtney
Brian Skiff
Brian Skiff
Dr. Eileen Friel, Director Lowell Observatory
Dr. Eileen Friel, Director Lowell Observatory
Karen & Chris Hanrahan--Thanks for the photos Gunkie&Nenen!
Karen & Chris Hanrahan--Thanks for the photos Gunkie&Nenen!
The Honorable Paul Lind, long-time SAC member
The Honorable Paul Lind, long-time SAC member
Group Photo at dinner after the celebration...
Group Photo at dinner after the celebration...
from the other end of the table.
from the other end of the table.
Lowell Observer Issue #84, Fall 2009
Lowell Observer Issue #84, Fall 2009
Burnham's niece, Donna Courtney joins us for a night of observing.  AZ City site, Messier Marathon March 13, 2010
Burnham's niece, Donna Courtney joins us for a night of observing. AZ City site, Messier Marathon March 13, 2010
On May 27, 2010 We went to Prescott High School's Scholarship and Award Presentation.  Here is the certificate we made...
On May 27, 2010 We went to Prescott High School's Scholarship and Award Presentation. Here is the certificate we made...
and here are a couple more from...
and here are a couple more from...
Prescott High School
Prescott High School
Dr. Eileen Friel, Director Lowell Observatory presents Haley Morgan DeLong the Burnham Scholarship
Dr. Eileen Friel, Director Lowell Observatory presents Haley Morgan DeLong the Burnham Scholarship
Haley with proud parents.
Haley with proud parents.
Dr. Friel resigns after 1 year as Lowell director.  AZ Daily Sun Article June 11, 2010
Dr. Friel resigns after 1 year as Lowell director. AZ Daily Sun Article June 11, 2010