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Tim Schneeberger '72
October 13, 2016
Bio: Received PhD in Astronomy from NMSU in 1977 thanks to Tony's advice and counsel. Tony went to grad school with the then chairman of the NMSU Astronomy Department and helped me get a full fellowship there. I did post-doc work at Sacramento Peak Observatory and then became part owner of several small technology companies. My last small business was purchased by Boeing and I ended my career with Boeing. Tony knows my wife Cynthia as we were dating when I was at Colgate. Married 43 years we have a son and two beautiful grand daughters!
The January 1972 Mexico road trip had many great moments but for some reason I remember: - Tony always won the "name that school mascot" contest because he knew all the southwestern US schools from his U of A grad school days (think Sun Devils, Lumberjacks, Lobos) - while playing games to pass the time on the road Tony claimed he could show "no emotion" , which became a bit of a catch phrase on the trip - Tony wanted us to know how hard he had to work to understand the details of celestial mechanics because he had to make sure the clocks at U of A showed the right time!
I took Astronomy 101 to meet a science requirement and ended up with a lifelong passion for stars and optics thanks to Tony. I still remember the first lecture I heard him give on stellar evolution - his joy and passion were contagious and infected me for the rest of my life. I ended up as one of those "Astrogeophysics" majors and went on to grad school. His passion for education (I have a copy of his book "Class Not Dismissed") led Cynthia and I to be founding members of a new high school in our semi-rural New Mexico mountain valley. Tony's interest in Archeoastronomy taught me the power of looking for connections in unexpected places and I worked at this throughout my career. . Tony was the single most important educator in my life.
Tony and Lorraine,
Congratulations on your amazing and inspiring contributions to Colgate, education and generations of students. I look forward to seeing what you two do next! If you return to Santa Fe for a symposium let us know!
Tim and Cynthia Schneeberger
Tony, Lorraine Cynthia and I had a mini-reunion in Santa Fe NM in November 2001. Joining us were two of our January '72 Mexico "Jan Plan" group, Lois Vermilya '74 and Len Leswolski '73. In a classic small world encounter Cynthia and I happened to sit down next to Lois and Len at a table in Paris France on Sept. 10, 2001 and recognized we were all helping the same start-up high school in NM; we then recognized we were on the same Mexico trip with Tony! Lois coordinated the reunion in Santa Fe when Tony came to town.
A side story is that Lois and Len ended up diverted to Canada on their 9/11 return flight and our return flight was postponed by 10 days.