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Astronomical Society of the Pacific Endowed Funds


The following are the Society's named endowed funds. The ASP continues to accept gifts designed for all of endowed funds. For additional information, please contact the ASP development office at development {at} Make a gift.

The following funds support the ongoing operational expenses of the Society:

Thomas Lincoln Casey Endowment
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Endowment

The following funds support specific ASP activities:

Alexander F. Morrison Fund

Established in 1939 in honor of Alexander F. Morrison (1856 ­ 1921), noted San Francisco attorney. He and his wife were life members of the Society who gave generously to Lick Observatory, and their endowment also funded a planetarium at the California Academy of Science. The Morrison Fund is used to support the lectures at the ASP Annual Meeting.

Award Fund

Support the annual ASP awards program.

Bart J. Bok Memorial Fund

Established in 1983 in memory of Bart J. Bok (1906 ­ 1983), outstanding researcher and tireless worker for the ASP. Bok was Director at several major observatories and made important research contributions to our understanding of the Milky Way and of star formation. He was the 1977 Bruce Medalist. His extensive work in popularizing astronomy was recognized with the Society's 1982 Klumpke-Roberts Award. Income from the fund supports the Society's educational programs.

Centennial Fund

Supports the ASP in implementing its mission.      

Charles H. Adams Fund

Established in 1994 in honor of Charles Adams (1868 ­ 1951), the father of Ansel Adams. "Carlie" was the ASP Secretary/Treasurer from 1925 until 1950. His enthusiastic support of astronomy and the ASP brought in many new members and he personally mentored many students. Income from the fund is used for the development and distribution of astronomy education resource materials for teachers.

Eric and Maria Muhlmann Fund

Established in 1983 by long-time astronomy enthusiasts Eric and Maria Muhlmann for outstanding research done at Mauna Kea Observatory. Upon the deaths of Eric and Maria Muhlmann the fund was converted by the ASP Board to endow an annual award recognizing important contributions in the development of astronomical instrumentation, software, or supporting infrastructure.

Klumpke-Roberts Fund

Established in 1974 in honor of Dorothea Klumpke-Roberts (1861 ­ 1942) and her husband, Isaac Roberts, both noted astronomers in the early part of the twentieth century who specialized in photography and mapping the sky (Carte du Ciel). Income from the fund is used to finance the Klumpke-Roberts Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to education or popularization in astronomy.

Michael Bennett Education Fund

In recognition of Mike Bennett's years of dedicated service and leadership to the ASP and the astronomical community, the ASP established The Michael Bennett Education Fund in 2006. The proceeds from this fund will support education and public outreach efforts for the Society and further advance its mission.

Thomas Brennan Fund

Established in 1993 by Terry and Cindy Brennan in honor of Thomas Brennan, lifetime educator. The income from the fund subsidizes the Brennan Award, which annually recognizes excellence in teaching astronomy at the high school level.

Trelawney-Benfield Fund

Supports scientific and related purposes.






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