Neil’s family will be holding a memorial service for him at 3:30 pm on Friday, March 10, in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Maryland at College Park, here the map for the service.
The family will be pleased to see those of you who are able to attend in person, and will have all of his friends and colleagues in their thoughts on the day.
Submitted by Name: Luca Latronico From: INFN, Italy E-mail: Contact
Message: Hopefully you can still inspire good sense and positivity in the LAT Collaboration from above.
With a true smile, as always.
Ciao Neil, enjoy your new adventure!
Added: March 16, 2017
Submitted by Name: Carl Stahle From: NASA GSFC E-mail: Contact
Message: I worked closely with Neil in the 1990's on the technology development of CdZnTe (CZT) detectors for the Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) on the SWIFT mission. Neil always treated me with great respect and was a wonderful advocate for me and the Detector Systems Branch in the engineering directorate at Goddard. For the SWIFT mission launch, Neil personally extended an invitation to me to attend the launch along with members of my family. We enjoyed a memorable visit to Kennedy Space Center in 2004, and Neil was very gracious to my parents and my future wife Gail. I continued to have various interactions with Neil until last year. I have always considered Neil to be one of the best scientists and principal investigators I have worked with in my career.
Added: March 5, 2017
Submitted by Name: Elisabetta Cavazzuti From: Italian Space Agency E-mail: Contact
Message: I hadn't the opportunity to know Neil very well, only in the LAT meetings twice a year. However it has been enough to appreciate his enthusiastic approach to everything. What impressed me since the first times was his quiet but strong leadership and I liked the way he used to spread it: by example.
Added: March 3, 2017
Submitted by Name: Ian McHardy From: University of Southampton E-mail: Contact
Message: Neil was an oustanding leader of high energy astrophysics and a good friend to everyone who worked in the field. Absolutely everyone who had any contact him would say 'Neil's a great man, he really helped me'. I never heard anything other than very positive comments about him, which is almost unique in astronomy. He was a true gentleman. You could ask him anything without fear of being sent away with a flea in your ear. His leadership of the Swift mission was tremendous, wonderfully fulfilling the original mission goals regarding Gamma-ray bursts but also adapting rapidly to new science questions and keeping Swift consistently at the top of the NASA Senior Reviews. Without his support, the Swift AGN reverberation campaigns would not have been possible and all AGN scientists are extremely grateful. He leaves a great legacy over many fields. He is an extremely hard act to follow and will be very, very, deeply missed.
Added: March 3, 2017
Submitted by Name: Beth Pumphrey From: GSFC E-mail: Contact
Message: Neil was an enthusiastic scientist and one who quietly led by example, both professionally and personally. He will be greatly missed.
Added: March 2, 2017
Submitted by Name: Roland Diehl From: Garching, Germany E-mail: Contact
Message: Hard to believe that Neil will not be among us any longer. Neil has been a wonderful person, always attentive to science topics as well as personal aspects of life, and never burried by administrative or managerial distractions that kill so much of our quality life. Not many people stand straight as Neil did. We will miss him.
Added: March 1, 2017
Submitted by Name: Rich Burns From: NASA/GSFC E-mail: Contact
Message: Neil was a gentleman and a scholar, but most of all a wonderful and thoughtful human being. He will be sorely missed.
Added: February 27, 2017
Submitted by Name: Obie Pinckney Jr From: Glenarden, Maryland E-mail: Contact
Message: I have known Dr. Neil Gehrels since 2003 and served with him on the End Time Harvest Ministries Board of Directors since 2012.Neil was a giant in terms of his contributions to youth and their families in the Port Towns area and beyond. His support of the goals of End Time Harvest Ministries was consistent, generous, and critical. I will miss him as a friend and confidant. My sincere sympathies to the Gehrels family. Obie Pinckney Jr. ETHM Board Chair
Added: February 25, 2017
Submitted by Name: Dieter Hartmann From: Clemson University E-mail: Contact
Message: Every time Neil and I worked together, on the Swift Senior Review, Lobster/TAP proposal, etc. he so generously shared with me his vast understanding of high energy astrophysics and his gift of leadership by example. It was always a great pleasure and a rewarding experience. i will miss him a lot, together with everyone in his extended gamma-ray community. We are all so proud of your accomplishments, and your caring stewardship in this field.
Added: February 22, 2017
Submitted by Name: Tineke Roegiers From: Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Message: I used to work at the Swift MOC. He was a constant at our daily meetings, calling in on the phone. I remember being truly impressed by his dedication to react so quickly to the many observation requests coming in day and night. He will be missed for sure. My condolences for his family and friends.