University Lowbrow Astronomers

Lorna Jane Simmons-Bugbee 1931-2009.

by Mark S Deprest
Printed in Reflections: March, 2009.


Lorna Jane Simmons-Bugbee


Passed peacefully in her sleep at home on January 10, 2009, Lorna was a longtime supporter and a lifetime member of the University Lowbrow Astronomers. Her generosity, joy and love of science are known to all who met her. She delighted in helping others and relaying stories of her life. She is a special part of our club and will always be!

The Questar she donated to the club will be dedicated and named “Lorna” in her honor at a special ceremony on March 14, 2009.

Rest Peacefully, Sweet Lady!

For Lorna

Adapted from: The Old Astronomer to His Pupil by Sarah Williams

Pronounce it right! Its: Tycho Brahe, She would know him when they meet,
When she shares our later science, sitting humbly at his feet;
He may know the law of all things, yet bet ignorant of how
We’ve been working toward completion, working from then to now.

You may tell that German College that their honor comes to late,
But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant’s fate.
Though her soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light,
She has loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

She must say good-bye, to her friends, for she cannot longer speak;
Draw the curtain back for Venus, ere her vision grows too weak:
It is strange the pearly planet should look red as fiery Mars,—
God will mercifully guide her on her way amongst the stars.

Adapted by Mark S Deprest

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