The SJAA and amateur astronomy have lost a dear friend with the passing of Dr. Robert Armstrong. It was an unexpected and sad loss for all who knew him, and the many who benefited from his quiet generosity.
Professionally, Dr. Armstrong was an infectious diseases specialist, practicing in Los Gatos. Several members of the SJAA, and their families, owe their lives and those of their family members to Dr. A’s expertise and advice. All who knew him saw his deep caring for people, in how he connected on a very personal and human level.
Dr. A. had a fine, quiet, and playful sense of humor, and a great understanding of human nature. Never heard raising his voice in anger, he was one of those people, who are really few, who could always be counted on. Robert set a great example for all.
With the SJAA, his dreams were for the club to have a first rate solar telescope, and to acquire land at a dark site so amateur astronomers could have a place of their own to enjoy their hobby. He recently helped guide the club in acquiring a wonderful solar telescope which now is used monthly for public viewing. It is an appropriate legacy he leaves the SJAA, as none shined so brightly as Dr. A, at the SJAA.
Dr. Armstrong will long be missed by the SJAA, his friends, and those whose lives he touched.