Fred and colleagues at the 2003 Society for Scholarly Publishing meeting
Fred Spilhaus embraces colleagues Judy Holoviak and Barbara Meyers in Baltimore at the 2003 Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting, at which Fred received a special recognition award. Spilhaus served as executive director of AGU from 1970 to 2009. He, Holoviak, and Meyers are also among the cofounders of SSP. Credit: Blaise Simqu, President and CEO, Sage Publishing

An informal gathering to remember former AGU executive director A. F. “Fred” Spilhaus Jr., who died on 30 April, will take place on Sunday, 9 December, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, D. C. 20001, room Congressional B, during the week of Fall Meeting 2018.

AGU members, staff, and friends are welcome to attend this open event and share their short stories, vignettes, and other forms of memories to celebrate Spilhaus’s life and say thank you for his long dedication to AGU and the Earth and space sciences.

Spilhaus, who died at the age of 79, served as AGU executive director from 1970 to 2009. He touched the lives of countless AGU members and staff and the broader science community. During his time as executive director, AGU membership grew from 7,000 to over 56,000. The net worth of the Union went from a negative number in 1970 to about $60 million by the end of 2007. AGU publications experienced tremendous growth in number and stature. Through Spilhaus’s efforts and continuing efforts by AGU since his tenure, the Union has become the world’s most important and influential Earth and space sciences society.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the author, John Geissman. He can be reached at the email below and at

—John Geissman (, Department of Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson


Geissman, J. (2018), Celebration of A. F. “Fred” Spilhaus Jr., Eos, 99, Published on 03 December 2018.

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