Ann sent this email to the chat group on January 14, 2019.
I have just been awarded the highest prize of the American
Astronomical Society. It’s a lifetime achievement award.
I am amazed and giddy! Here is the link to the official
press release with 2 photos.
Ann Merchant Boesgaard 1961
Zillions of our class sent their congratulations to Ann:
May I add my CONGRATULATIONS to you, Ann, certainly one of our most esteemed classmates?! Your award and recognition is wonderful. I don’t begin to understand the areas of astronomy you research and have explored , but how great that your colleagues recognize and understand your contributions and expertise and have honored you. WOW!!!
Sherry Welles Urner
Congratulations, Ann. Absolutely outstanding achievement!
Carol Sweeney Benson
Congratulations, Ann!! What a fabulous honor!
Barbara Hartt Hise
What wonderful and truly deserved recognition. I’m proud to be able to
say I knew you when….
Affectionately, Sandy Iger Kohler
Congratulations and thanks for sharing the link with the impressive
story of your accomplishments! Elsa Anderson van Bergen
WOW! What an honor for you and for MHC and for all of the rest of us too!!! I am so impressed and pleased to hear this. Bravo Ann. You make us proud. I guess we really are going to have to learn the difference between green stars and blue stars — or was it blue stars and red stars — I can’t remember what you told us at our 50th Reunion!
Judy Marshall Kennedy
Congratulations, Ann, and to think you were one of us way back when. What a fabulous honor and one well deserved. Marian Strong Moore
What an amazing honor! We’re all proud of you -and you could even explain some of it to us at our last reunion. Sending many congratulations,
Dee deFerranti Abrahamse
What terrific news! Loved reading your super-impressive bio too! Thanks for sharing!
Cheers, Kim Kimball Holmquist
Ann, What absolutely splendid news. Congratulations on such a prestigious and impressive award – you deserve it! Loved the bio.
Fantastic, Ann! I really enjoyed reading the press release, too!
Wow. Hooray for you, Ann. How utterly thrilling!
But really now. Be honest. Which is more exciting and fun: the highest prize of the American Astronomical Society? or playing the Alma Mater on a turkey baster?
hugs, Liz Hottel Barrett
Superbly well done and greatly deserved! Thank you for sharing your good news!
Cindy Dennett Yee
Ann – Heartfelt congratulations!!! You go girl!!!
Barbara Williamson Bucholtz
What great news and thanks so much for sharing it with us, Ann. Wouldn’t it be fun to listen to next January’s lecture in awe, amazement and warmth in Hawaii? In spirit anyway.
Congratulations, Ann. We are proud of you. (No name)
And an amusing discussion from the Kennedy family to all of us:
From Judy to Dan: WOW. How about this. I’m so proud of her. Judy
From Dan to Judy: Most impressive. She’s an extraordinary person, a credit to your class and to Mount Holyoke. We can both feel honored just to know her. I wonder if they would allow lay people to attend her prize lecture in January 2020 in Hawaii? Wanna go, after PV? Dan
From Judy to Dan: Ann — Would they? Could we maybe? Judy K
Being there had also occurred to me. For the past few years, I have been going to Hawaii in February -extended Presidents Day weekend- to visit my son and his family in Kainui; maybe next year I should go earlier!
Ann! Congratulations for this giant honor! What an awesome career you have had! Your MHC class of 1961 is very very proud of you! Marna Schrader Page
Wonderful news, Ann, and you absolutely deserve it. Congratulations! Let’s make sure that the Alumnae Quarterly gives proper credit to our esteemed classmate. Jennifer B-C Seaver
Ann, This is such wonderful news! Affirming a life of excellent scholarship and a passion for understanding our universe. Congratulations to you! And thank you so much for sharing.
Anne, Congratulations on your achievements, honors and life. I have often thought of you over the last ten years, sharing the life of a care-giver. You came to my mind recently as I watched so fascinated, the PBS Nova program of the Pluto and beyond probe on January 2. I was particularly interested in the outstanding female direction and participation in that amazing journey. They mentioned Hawaii once and you immediately came to mind. Wonderful. We are all so proud of you. Christina Hollister
Dear Anne, You’ve raised the bar. Congratulations on your incredible award! You’ve given us all great joy with your success. And wouldn’t it be fun if there were a Mount Holyoke group at your lecture. Hope that works out.
All best, Sue Wheatley Carr
P.S. Liz Hottel Barrett and husband Bryan, Bobbi Childs Samson, husband Chris Hamilton, and Frannie Blair all went to Honolulu, Hawaii, for Ann’s award and lecture in January of 2020. It was an amazing event. Lucky us! Web Mistress Liz Barrett.