I have the sad task of announcing that Fred Givant, one of the Palomar Observatory’s docents, passed away on Sunday June 28.
We only had the pleasure of knowing Fred for just a year and a half, but he certainly left his mark on the outreach program. Fred felt passionately about the observatory and especially the need to educate young people about science. He backed up that passion with frequent visits to the observatory to help with our public outreach program.
In spite of the fact that Fred had a fulltime job (working as a risk manager for a company building the next generation of GPS satellites) he was very committed to making the trek to Palomar Mountain to volunteer much of his limited free time. It has been a record-breaking year for tours at the observatory and Fred was a big part of that. He was volunteering here three of the four weekends in June and four of the five in May!
The staff and docents of the observatory will miss Fred’s enthusiasm and dedication.
A memorial service for Fred will be held on July 10 at the Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City, CA. Fred’s wife Carole has asked that instead of flowers donations be made to Palomar Observatory.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can send it to:
Fred Givant Fund
P.O. Box 200
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060
100% of the donations to the fund will be used to help kids to learn about astronomy. Fred would have wanted it that way.
Here's a docent group photo from last year. Fred is second from the left.