David Lunt passed away.

15 years 3 months ago #8630 by astroguy
David Lunt passed away. was created by astroguy
From the Coronado site:

David Lunt, founder of Coronado, left this earth on Sunday , January 16th. following a 22 month battle with cancer. Although he had lived in the US for many years, David never lost his attachment to, and longing for, his native Wales. Born 12/31/1942 in Denbigh,North Wales, David was the son of professional opera singers. Both his parents died whilst he was still in his teens. Brilliant and complex, David took the SAT exam while still living in Wales and, with a perfect score, gained a full scholarship to Harvard. He dropped out before completing his degree in Astronomy in order to work and support his siblings. Fascinated with cosmology and physics, David spent his professional life in the field of optical design and innovation. Among other things he was a consultant on the Star Wars Program and developed the mirror used in the first orbiting Solar observatory. An outstanding scientist, his most recent work was to design Solar observing instruments for the amateur observer. Rick Fienberg, editor of Sky & Telescope magazine wrote : "David has left a legacy of having brought H-alpha solar observing to the masses. By enabling people to see the Sun as the dynamic star that it truly is, he has given countless people the gift of better understanding their place in the cosmos. I can think of no better, more lasting tribute than that."
And neither can those who loved him so much and are left now with memories. His wife and business partner, Gerry Hogan, sons Andy Lunt (Angie) of Sonoita, Benjamin Ilka (Annie Wallace), Nicholas Ilka, all of Tucson. Daughters Frances Jones(Phil), Victoria Lunt, Rebecca Roughly (Carl) of the U.K. and Lisa Ilka Abrams (Ted) of Tucson. There are 11 grandchildren all loved by David. He is also survived by true companion animals, Sam and Hamish. Our thanks go to Dr. Sheldon Marks and his wife Brenda , Jill and Frank Hinman and TMC Hospice and all who gave loving support during this battle. In particular, his wife and sons wish to thank the Coronado family for valuing David and his work and supporting them during David's illness. David was genuinely gratified by the excitement his work created and he took enormous pleasure in knowing that he had been able to make a significant contribution to science. Always modest, David shared the credit for his work with all at Coronado and avoided the spotlight for himself. In the last two months he worked on developing several new products so you can be sure that the excitement will continue.
David was fascinated by cosmology and was actively engaged in writing an alternative thesis to the Big Bang Theory. It is fitting then that this remarkable, decent, kind man left us on January 16th., a day in which two major Sunspots sent their energy earthwards....we don't doubt that he hitched a ride on that energy to further explore the cosmos.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a hospice group or humane society of your choice in David's name or to the Scholarship in Astronomy fund being set up in David's name at the University of Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico. For details on this contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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15 years 3 months ago #8636 by Keith g
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May he rest in peace, I've noticed that there are a lot of these over the past year or so, all the more reason to advance our love of the night sky :!:

Keith..

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15 years 3 months ago #8638 by dave_lillis
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I heard about this last week, his contribution to astronomy will not be forgotton, may he rest in piece.

Dave L. on facebook , See my images in flickr
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but what a way to go. :)
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15 years 3 months ago #8640 by michaeloconnell
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The entire astronomical community will miss him. His work has completely transfomed daytime observing.
May he rest in peace.

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15 years 3 months ago #8645 by astroguy
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I was shocked. SO young. A very decent man indeed. Puts the sale to Meade in perspective too. I was in contact with Garry.
I'd encourage anyone who knew them to write to her:
Geraldine Hogan [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

I share her response:

Thank you so much for your message. It is a difficult time for me and all the Coronado family. I so appreciate the many notes I have received from people who valued David and his work. You might want to know that I have been in contact with David Bell of Whirlpool and I have pledged to support an annual lecture at the event in David's name.
Cancer is such a cruel disease.
Gerry Hogan

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15 years 3 months ago #8657 by Seanie_Morris
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My own condolences go to his family. May he rest in peace.

Seanie.

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Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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