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Timothy Paul Conrow

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Timothy Paul Conrow Obituary
November 26, 1958 - July 1, 2017 Timothy Paul Conrow, 58, of Pasadena, California, passed away on Saturday, July 1 in Los Angeles. Tim's love of the natural world and his eagerness to explore and share his experience of it inspired everyone who knew him. He turned his childhood fascination with science and technology into a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. Tim grew up in Temple City, CA, and attended Temple City High School, where he played clarinet in the marching band and orchestra. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State L.A. in 1982. While still a senior in college Tim began working as an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. There he helped launch the ground-breaking Infrared Astronomical Satellite or IRAS, the first infrared space telescope to survey the entire night sky. Tim enjoyed working on small satellite missions for JPL and Caltech for the rest of his career, in the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, IPAC, at Caltech. He recently received his 35-year service award from Caltech. In the course of his career Tim contributed to more than two dozen scientific papers, advancing knowledge of galaxies and the space between them. In 2008 NASA awarded him an Exceptional Public Service Medal for his innovative work building a data analysis ground system for GALEX, a galaxy-observing space telescope. At the time of his retirement, Tim was working on the NEOWISE project detecting and archiving near-Earth asteroids and comets. One asteroid discovered through the WISE mission is named "Timconrow 251 625" and can be found circling the sun in the main asteroid belt. Apart from the pleasure and pride Tim took in contributing to the exploration of space, he also took great delight in the people he worked with, and they returned his affection. Even after his retirement, when his health severely limited his mobility, his colleagues from IRAS and other projects visited him at home and held weekly group dinners. He looked forward to and enjoyed these events greatly. Tim was an avid photographer who left behind thousands of stunning images of nature and his travels, as well as of his friends, family, and beloved dogs. His pictures create a documentary of trips throughout North America, Europe and Africa as well the local mountains. He was a chronicler of family holidays and events spanning the decades. In fact, he was more often seen behind a camera than in front of one. Tim is survived by his partner Cynthia Kiser, his parents Tom and Mary Conrow, two brothers, Tom and John, and two sisters, Terry Toczynski and Marty Rodighiero. If you would like to make a charitable donation in Tim's name, please contact the Nature Conservancy at nature.org; Los Angeles County Arboretum at arboretum.org; or the California State Park Association at calparks.org. To see and share photos of Tim's life and to read or contribute memories, please visit the website his family has made in his honor, timconrow.com.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 8 to July 9, 2017
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