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Thomas A. Weaver '67
October 22, 2016
I am twice retired, first from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 32 years and then from Idaho Natioinal Laboratory after 8 years. Currently, my wife and I are living in Alexandria, VA, where I spend most of my time researching family genealogy.
I had the honor of being in the first graduating class of three AstroGeophysics-major students at Colgate (1967). The astronomy and astrophysics portions of that major were taught by newly arrived Assistant Professor Anthony Aveni . In his lessons, both in the classroom and in the observatory, Professor Aveni opened the wonderful world of astronomy and astrophysics for us, spending time with each of us individually to share his enthusiasm for the subject at hand. I do remember many long, cold nights at the observatory, but when we got to look through the telescope, the cold and the darkness melted away.
When I entered Colgate, I had every intention of becoming an archeologist. Professor Aveni, among others, was a major reason I ended up in the sciences.
After graduating, and obtaining a Ph.D. in Geophysics (sorry Tony), I continued to follow Professor Aveni’s distinguished career in his second life, AstroArcheology. His researches in Central America were ground breaking!