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In Memoriam: Karen Rehbock

Karen Rehbock

Karen Rehbock, who served as assistant to the director of the IfA from April 1989 until her retirement at the end of 2010, died on May 19 at St. Francis Hospice.

Karen had a wide range of duties over the nearly quarter century that she was in the Director's Office. Faculty will perhaps remember her best as the person who helped them understand the arcane aspects of the tenure and promotion process. Throughout her career at IfA, Karen assisted with the drafting of correspondence and official documents, such as observatory agreements, legislative testimony, press releases, and countless reports and plans. She served as recording secretary for both the Executive Committee and the Faculty Advisory Committee.

During the late 1980s and the 1990s, Karen played a leading role in organizing telescope groundbreakings and dedications, including those for Keck I and II, Subaru, Gemini, and the Submillimeter Array on Mauna Kea, and the Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) telescope on Maui. She was also a key member of the IfA group that organized the VIP and media aspects of the 1991 total solar eclipse .

Karen will be missed by her former co-workers at IfA, who were looking forward to seeing her at future IfA events and celebrations.