Senior trustee William T. Golden died on Sunday October 7 at the age of 97. Bill Golden was an icon of American science policy, and the Carnegie Institution was privileged to have his support and guidance for more than 35 years. Dedicated, passionate, and always involved, Bill served as secretary of the Carnegie board of trustees from 1971 to 1999 and chaired or participated in numerous committees. He was particularly instrumental in the planning and construction of the Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes, now home to some of the largest and most scientifically productive telescopes in the Southern Hemisphere. The Carnegie Observatories auditorium in Pasadena, California, bears his name in appreciation of his efforts. Bill embodied the Carnegie principle that exceptional people can produce extraordinary results when given the freedom to pursue their passions.

 

Read the New York Times obituary here.