ALPO AWARDS

The A.L.P.O. offers two awards. The Walter H. Haas Observer’s Award and the Peggy Haas Service Award.

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Walter Haas, courtesy of BobMaxey

The Walter H. Haas Observer’s Award

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The Walter H. Haas Observer’s Award is bestowed annually (generally when the A.L.P.O. meets in the summer), to an amateur astronomer for excellence in observational Solar System astronomy. This award is named after our founder and original executive director, and was established in 1985. The selection of this award is conducted by a committee convened by its committee chairman,Walter H. Haas. The composition of the committee changes from year to year so that the responsibility of selection is shared by a wider group of members in the A.L.P.O. that are well qualified, while allowing others that vote one year, to be considered for the award in another year, when not serving on the committee.

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This award is given for excellence in Solar System observational amateur astronomy. Work done as part of the observer’s job must be regarded as professional work and is not considered as an amateur effort for this award. However, a professional astronomer can be recognized for work done when he or she was an amateur. Theoretical research, the publishing of papers, astronomical correspondence, financial support of amateur projects, and many other meritorious astronomical activities must likewise be ignored in choosing the awardee (the A.L.P.O. does have another award, the Peggy Haas Service Award, which can recognize such outstanding services). The awardee need not be an active observer at the present time, nor does he or she need to be alive. Nor is this award for observations in any particular year or other time interval. Thus the Award in the present year might be for contributions in the 20th Century. There is absolutely no requirement that the awardee be a citizen or resident of the United States. It is enjoyable when the awardee can attend the A.L.P.O. Convention at which the presentation is to be made, but this matter is no criterion for the selection of the awardee. It is, however, required that the awardee well represent the ideals of the A.L.P.O..

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The Award itself consists of an engraved plaque. The awardee also receives a two-year complimentary membership in the A.L.P.O.. The previous recipients are listed below in alphabetical order with the year that they received the Award.

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Richard M. Baum 2005 Christopher Go 2008 Jose Olivarez 1993
Jeffrey D Beish 1989 Gordon W. Garcia 2000 Dr. Donald C. Parker 1986
John Boudreau 2011 Alan W. Heath 1998 Damian Peach 2004
Phillip W. Budine 1992 Alika Herring 1991 Christophe Pellier 2007
Charles (“Chick”) Capen 1985 Richard E. Hill 1999 Elmer J. Reese 1995
Thomas R. Cave 1996 David H. Levy 1987 Richard W. Schmude, Jr. 2002
Thomas A. Cragg 2009 Don E. Machholz 1994 Daniel M. Troiani 2012
Dr. Jean Dragesco 1990 Frank J. Melillo 2001 Brian D. Warner 2013
William M. Dembowski 2006 Isao Miyazaki 1997 Dr. John E. Westfall 1988
Mario Frassati 2003 Detlev Niechoy 2010

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The Peggy Haas Service Award

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Peggy (formally Beryl E.) Haas, circa 1954, courtesy of Walter H Haas

The Peggy Haas Service Award was established to recognize a member of the A.L.P.O. for outstanding service to our organization. This award was named after our founder’s late wife, for her past support of the A.L.P.O. in many meaningful and indispensable ways from assisting her husband with the Journal, to creating a banner that hangs in front of the rostrum at A.L.P.O. paper sessions at our annual meetings. She was also the A.L.P.O.’s Librarian for its book lending service from 1966 to 1985. The award was inaugurated in 1997. The current executive director solely selects the recipient for this award. The Peggy Haas Award can recognize an A.L.P.O. officer, board member, volunteer staff member, or non staff Peggy (formally Beryl E.) Haas, circa 1954, member that has contributed outstanding service in courtesy of Walter H. Haas some way to the organization, in a capacity excluding observational skills (observational skills are recognized by the Walter H. Haas Award). Considered not to be an annual award, presentation will occur when appropriate and not at any specific time interval. The Award itself consists of an engraved plaque. The awardee also receives a lifetime membership in the A.L.P.O..

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Past recipients the Peggy Haas Service Award are listed below in alphabetical order with the year that they received the Award.

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Julius L. Benton, Jr. 2011
Walter H. Haas 1997
Richard E. Hill 2005
Harry D. Jamieson 2001
Don E. Machholz 2000
Larry T. Owens 2013
Kenneth T. Poshedly 2010
Richard W. Schmude 2012
Elizabeth W. Westfall 2004
John E. Westfall 1998
Matthew L. Will 2003