The AAVSO has been blessed
with leaders who have been exemplars for the organization, providing leadership
in both a formal organizational sense and by setting the example through
performance as observers. Reginald P. de Kock, Cyrus F. Fernald, and Leslie C.
Peltier, three leading AAVSO observers in the first seventy-five years of the
AAVSO's history, illustrate this tradition which is being carried on by
contemporary observers. Brief biographical sketches and descriptions of these
three leaders are presented to show how they contributed to the AAVSO, each in
his own personal way.