In Memoriam

The Carnegie Institution Memorial Fund

The Carnegie Institution gratefully accepts gifts in memory of individuals and applies these funds to assure long-term support for the scientific mission of the institution. The Carnegie Institution Memorial Fund is an endowed fund, administered in keeping with the policies and procedures of the institution. The annual distribution from the endowment is utilized for the support of the institution and its mission at the discretion of the president. All contributions to the institution designated "in memory of" will be placed in the Memorial Fund.

The Carnegie Institution keeps a record of the names of all individuals who are memorialized thorough the Memorial Fund (see below). It is helpful if a brief biography and photograph of the honoree are provided. Upon request, the Advancement Office will provide the family with a list of the names of donors.

Information can be obtained and contributions may be made by calling the Advancement Office at 202-939-1122. Checks may be made payable to the Carnegie Institution noting “Memorial Fund gift in memory of _________” and mailed to:

Dr. Richard A. Meserve, President
Carnegie Institution
1530 P Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007



Memorial Gifts have been made in memory of the following individuals:

Walter_BantzWalter Joseph Bantz
1942 - 2006


After studying Physics and Mathematics at the University of Scranton and graduate study of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, Walter Bantz's 43 year career as an Electronics Engineer began at Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Homer Research Laboratory and ended while still employed by General Electric Company's Aircraft Engine Division.

Walt loved to share his knowledge with others, especially young engineers, many of whom considered him their mentor and teacher. Walt received many awards for his engineering expertise and held numerous patents in the fields of nondestructive evaluation and eddy current technology. He pursued proof of the Riemann Hypothesis as a hobby and had a passion for astronomy, he also loved all kinds of music and sports throughout his life and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Walt's family believes the Carnegie Institution embodies his spirit and lifelong passion for physics, astronomy and scientific progress. They wanted to make the first gift to the Carnegie Institution Memorial Fund in his memory and hope this fund will grow over the years to ensure young scientists receive fellowships to seek answers and apply their knowledge to further humanity.



Carroll J. Donohue
1917 - 2002

As a young PT boat commander in World War II, Carroll Donohue learned navigation by using the stars. That experience fostered a life-long interest in astronomy and led his family to remember him with a gift to the memorial fund of the Carnegie Institution to support programs that increase our knowledge of the stars.

Astronomy became an avocation for Mr. Donohue who devoted more than 50 years of his life to the practice of law in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a trial attorney, arguing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but always focusing on the human side of the law.

He was also a talented musician, and an active community member serving on numerous civic groups devoted to the social and economic well-being of disadvantaged residents of the area.


Claire D. Hardy
1952 - 2007

Claire Hardy loved plants and grew them in her backyard greenhouse for sale at nearby farm markets during the time she worked as database and communications coordinator at the Carnegie Institution’s P Street headquarters.

In her last year, Claire served as a technical secretary at the institution’s Geophysical Laboratory in Northwest D.C., where her husband, Shaun Hardy, still works as head of the campus library. He says, “Claire loved her job at Carnegie because of the people she met and the people she worked with.” Mrs. Hardy was also a friend of animals and spoke often of her two Chow dogs. in addition she worked as a naturalist and conducted workshops for children about plants and wildlife.

While at Carnegie, Mrs. Hardy was a familiar face to those attending the institution's events. For more than seven years, she greeted guests and distributed literature at many of our programs. Many regulars knew her by name and paused to chat at every visit.

She and her husband lived in Silver Spring, MD.


Fred KiviatFred Kiviat

1940 - 2007

Fred Kiviat was a chemist by profession, a City College graduate who received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Early in his career, he worked for Gulf Oil in R&D, where for a time he focused on alternative energy sources. Later, he worked at DuPont in Seaford, Del.

He was also a life-long student, perpetually picking up new hobbies, from astronomy to Civil War history. His constant curiosity and belief in scientific discovery are reflected in the Carnegie Institution’s mission.

When he retired, he returned to school, taking introductory-level classes at Salisbury University in fields from meteorology to economics to journalism. He had a wonderful sense of humor and, as a man in his late 60s, often made wry comments about having to get home to study for upcoming exams.

He lived in Salisbury, Maryland, with Jan, his wife of 30 years.


Gilbert MeadGilbert Mead

1930 - 2007

Gilbert D. Mead, heir to a paper manufacturing fortune, enjoyed a 25-year career as an accomplished geophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

He was a 1952 physics graduate of Yale University and received a doctorate in physics from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating, he joined the Goddard Space Flight Center as a researcher in theoretical space physics. During his considerable tenure there, he researched space science and geophysics, was a key participant in NASA’s probe to Jupiter, and developed highly regarded models of the magnetosphere.

Along with his wife, Jaylee, a Carnegie trustee, he became one of the most prolific arts philanthropists in Washington. There was scarcely a D.C. theatre that didn't owe a great debt to the largesse of Mead.



Robert Rubin Robert J. Rubin
1927 - 2008

Robert Rubin was a mathematician and a physicist. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was sent to study chemical engineering at Cornell University where he completed his doctorate in chemistry in 1951. He then took a senior staff position at John Hopkins University and in 1957 joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology - formerly the National Bureau of Standards where he worked for 30 years.

Throughout his life, he devised elegant mathematical method for complex physical system. When the National Institutes of Health scientists expressed interest in his research, he taught himself biology and joined NIH where he continued to work until his last months.

Dr. Rubin always arranged his life so his wife, Carnegie astronomer Dr. Vera C. Rubin, could travel for her research. He was a devoted father to David, Judy, Karl, and Allan, each now a PhD scientist. He was also an avid tennis player who won tournaments into his seventies. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a past president of the Philosophical Society of Washington.




   Marvin C. Steege


Marvin C. Steege was a life-long learner. He was intrigued by the night sky above him, the eroding earth below him, and the amazing diversity of plant and animal life around him. He was an avid gardener and cultivated both indoor plants and outdoor gardens. Among his favorites were orchids, dahlias, and various ferns and cacti. He was also a talented chef and grew heirloom vegetables for use in his many favorite recipes. He enjoyed nature walks and historical sites, and spent most mornings sitting on his back porch watching the birds eat from his variety of feeders.


He had an extensive library of books and a cherished record collection. He loved to read about science, astronomy, nature, and history. He had books in every genre imaginable, from the classic novels of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway to the cosmological theories of Stephen Hawking and the evolutionary theories of Richard Dawkins. He kept up to date on scientific news by faithfully reading Scientific American, National Geographic, and Discover magazines.


Marvin would have been proud to know that donations have been made in his memory to “scientific discovery that encourages investigation, research, discovery, and application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind...,” as stated in the Carnegie Institution’s mission.