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FW : Thomas Back 1957 - 2007

Started by aaronsland, 09/21/2007 04:12PM
Posted 09/21/2007 04:12PM Opening Post
I am the brother of Thomas Back, and I am very sorry to have to inform
the group that Thomas passed away last Thursday, the 13th. As many of
you know, he was very ill for a long time, yet his passing was sudden
and unexpected. We take comfort in knowing that he is in a more
peaceful place.

Thomas is also survived by his mother, Olga, and his father, Lester.
We are all extremely proud of Tom's accomplishments and stature in the
fields of astronomy and optics. We will miss him very much, and we
know that he will also be missed by his many friends, fans, and
customers, including the members of this group.

Charles Back

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
Posted 09/21/2007 05:14PM #1
I am sure other will join me in expressing our condolences to yourself and Thomas family. Even though I, like many others, did not actually know your brother I know of him from the legacy he now leaves and valued contribution to the worldwide Astronomical community that will live on.

Shalom Thomas Back.
Posted 09/22/2007 02:17AM #2

I learned of your brother's passing on Cloudy Nights and expressed my regrets. I met Tom a number of years ago and would run into him from time to time at places like the NEAF and Cherry Springs State Park and always enjoyed conversing with him. He will be missed.

Dave Mitsky

Chance favors the prepared mind.

De gustibus non est disputandum.
Posted 09/22/2007 08:51AM #3
I am happy to own one of his designs and it is making my photography very enjoyable. His legacy is insured and I think he will be long remembered.
[COLOR="Blue"]Give me but a moment to gaze upward before I pass, so that I may leave with a smile.[/COLOR]

[SIZE="Large"][/SIZE][COLOR="Blue"][/COLOR] Floyd Blue grin
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Posted 09/23/2007 03:09PM #4
my condolences to Charles and his family.

Thats very sad news, very sad

Never forget you Thomas

bye , bye

clear skies

Markus Ludes