Listed below are the names of our members who have passed on. Like the light of stars shining on to illuminate distant and future skies, the good work and thoughtful contributions of these men and women will continue to illuminate our profession. They remain a guiding example of what characteristics and gifts to emulate; for these things we are all vastly richer.

Helmut K. Wimmer


by Kenneth L. Franklin, Former Chair and Astronomer Emeritus of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium

Planetarium art — indeed, astronomical art – owes a great debt to Helmut Wimmer. After a recommendation from long-time Hayden Planetarium lecturer Henry Neely, Helmut was brought on to the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium staff as Art Coordinator in 1955. Neely had encountered Helmut by chance, and was impressed by his obvious talent and personality. At the Hayden, Helmut developed many innovative art techniques for the Hayden sky shows. It was there that he began to perfect his use of the airbrush. Only superlatives can describe his ultimate career.

George Lovi

1939 – February 18, 1993

by Sam Storch, E.P. Hubble Planetarium

It is with great sadness that I must report the untimely pass of George Lovi. Those of us
who had the pleasure of knowing him, learning from him, or merely reading his many
articles, have lost a “giant” indeed. George was of course, known for his encyclopedia
knowledge of the sky and its lore, but was also noted for expertise in such diverse fields
as railroads, history, cartooning, languages (he spoke more than half a dozen), and
even the Jewish Talmud.