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Celebration of A. F. “Fred” Spilhaus Jr.

Honoring the life and legacy of the longtime AGU executive director.


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 [email protected]

—John Geissman ([email protected]), Department of Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson

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