Remembering Albert Jones (1920-2013)
Many of you may have heard the sad news that Albert Jones has passed away. Please visit Albert's page to read Arne Henden's post and for links to a 2009 interview by Mike Simonsen and some photographs of Albert.
This thread will serve as a place for those who knew Albert to share their memories and photos. Simply reply to this topic to include your stories.
I first learned of Albert when I was working on my astronomy undergrad degree. We were assigned to read a book about SN 1987a and Albert (and the AAVSO!) were mentioned numerous times.
A couple of years later, now graduated and working for the AAVSO, I met Albert and Carolyn at the AAVSO meeting in Sion, Switzerland. Albert seemed amused that I treated him like a bit of a celebrity. He was such a humble and kind person. He shared some stories over the banquet dinner about things that the book had left out. I was so thrilled to be an "insider!"
At that time I was a 24-year-old who was abroad for the first time and in charge of only my second meeting ever. I think that Albert and Carolyn realized that this could be an overwhelming situation for someone so young. They were so kind and supportive during that trip. I still think about how much their friendship during that week helped me.
It is rare that someone comes along who gives so much to his field. It is even more rare to find that this person, who is so skilled & so accomplished, is also so humble, so joyous, and so very kind... a wonderful example for us all.
Albert, you will be missed and remembered.