In Memorium

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Al McReaken, Glendale, AZ.

In 1980, I was a mixed-up kid. My parents had just divorced and life was traumatic.  Through a local Mennonite church in Glendale, Ariz., Al McCreaken introduced me to the wonders of astronomy and gave me a sense of direction, of purpose. I remember sketching Saturn through his Celestron 8 telescope, sketches I still have today. I remember him telling me about something scientists were developing, the Hubble Space Telescope - and how wonderful it would be once it was launched. Unfortunately, Al didn't live long enough to see that dream fulfilled, but his legacy lives on through much of what I do here. It is to him that I dedicate this site.

Photo of Henry Alvin McCreaken of Glendale, Arizona.

McReaken.- Henry Alvin, was born in Sorento, Ill., Nov. 10, 1923; died of a brain tumor in Glendale, Ariz., Nov. 29, 1985; aged 62 y. On June 25, 1951, he was married to Cathyren Wagner, who survives. Also surviving are one stepdaughter (Jeannine Nolan), 4 step-grandchildren, and 3 brothers (Robert, David, and Virgil). He was a member of Trinity Mennonite Church, where memorial services were held on Dec. 1, in charge of Peter B. Wiebe; interment in Phoenix Memorial Park.

McReaken.- Cathyren Wagner, 85, Glendale, Ariz., died Dec. 23. Spouse: Al McReaken (deceased). Parents: John and Lena Wagner (deceased). Survivors: daughter Jeannine Nolan; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchilden. Funeral: Dec. 28 at Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale.

Charles "Doc" Brooks, Port Orchard, WA.

Photo of Dr. Charles Brooks of Port Orchard, Washington

In 2006, I met Doc at a local watering hole and we developed an instant friendship. Doc was very interested in our universe and, cursed with a scientific and analytical mind, was fascinated by dark matter and black holes. Doc really enjoyed my work and was always anxious to see the latest photos. Doc passed away in February, 2007, and has been missed ever since. Along with Al McCreaken, he is fondly remembered here.