Chauncey Warren Uphoff
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UPHOFF, Chauncey Warren
Also unknown as C.B. Boff died Dec. 14, 2004 in Boulder, CO. Chauncey, born in Jan 4, 1940 in Flora, ILL was the only son of Julianna Crippin Uphoff and Chauncey Milton Uphoff. Chauncey was an independent contractor in orbital mechanics in the So. Ca. area for many years before moving to Niwot, CO. There he founded Fortune Eight, Aerospace Industries Inc. Chauncey is survived by his loving Mother, Julianna; his adoring wife Linda Dorn Uphoff and his four children: Vandy of Pasadena, CA., Karinda of Boulder, CO. and Ryan and Christina of Niwot, CO. Funeral services Will be Monday, Dec. 20, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Crist Mortuary in Boulder, with a viewing from noon until 2:00. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Chauncey Uphoff Memorial Fund, Firstbank of Boulder, 6500 Lookout Rd., Boulder, CO. 80301 which is to be used as an education fund for his children.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Dec. 18, 2004.
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April 3, 2016
It's has been quite a while but I still think of Chauncey at times. He encouraged me to become the person I am today. Recently, I added the Parable of the Popcorn to the web page in the Proclamations section at as an example of his inimicable humor and style.
Steve Schlaifer
December 5, 2011
I only knew Chauncey for a short while, I met Him and Linda as a teen through a relative, then only spent a few times with him through the years as an adult. But he made me dream of greater things and think, Chauncey wanted everyone he knew to think. What amazed me most was not his incredible genius and accomplishments, it was his incredible ability to make me feel comfortable and (not) inferior. He was so amazing and interesting to listen to and be around it is impossible to put into words. I count myself blessed and honored to have know him. I will cherish his memory and brag to have know him all of my days!! Standing in the room with him, to me, was like a rock standing next to the sun.
Matt Harrington
March 26, 2007
My dad was a great man and finally became the daddy I'd always wanted. I miss him and love him very much. His faith in my mathematical skills warmed my heart and will forever give me hope that I might live the legacy that he left behind.
Karinda Uphoff
May 26, 2005
Chauncey and I worked together during the late '60s at McDonnell Douglas & had a lot of fun. During the 2 yrs prior to his death, we teamed again by long distance. In May of 03, he came to my birthday party - the last time I saw him in person. I am a baritone, but Chauncey made me feel like a tenor. I consider myself a free spirit, but Chauncey made me feel hopelessly traditional. He knew how to time share life and fun, and enriched the life of every person he met.
John Junkins
May 24, 2005
The space community lost, too soon, one of his most colourful characters. Now he has gone to his "beloved stars" (sic itur ad astra)

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Frank Janssens
January 22, 2005
I only knew Chauncey through his wife Linda. Linda became a good friend during our adoption trip to China.

Linda obviously respected and loved Chauncey enormously and I know she misses him every minute.

My love and sympathy to her and her children.
Amy Nevitt
January 4, 2005
Chauncey was a great friend and a brilliant and entertaining colleague; he will be sorely missed.
David Dunham
December 27, 2004
Tommy Snell said it all with his "gone too soon". Auntie
Alice Taylor
December 24, 2004
My Uncle Chauncey What a wonderful man, With a big heart and great outlook on life. He could always make me laugh and always insired me to do and be the best that I could. We will miss you very much. To Linda, Karinda, Vandy, Ryan and Christina, I am thinking of you in this time of sadness. I wish I could be ther to wipe away you tears I Love you All.
Michelle Dorn den Hoed
December 23, 2004
Chauncey was a great advisor and friend. I will miss your wit and laughter. Ryan, Christina, Linda, Karinda and Vandy you have my deepest sympathy.
Kathi Young
December 23, 2004
Chauncey I will miss the times that I spent at your house with you, Ryan, Christina and Linda. Especially when you would give us kids Twinkies late at night. Thanks for the Pigs, too! I miss you!
Vincent LaVolpe
December 21, 2004
Chauncey taught me several things in regards to mission design. The most important thing he taught me was I knew what I was doing for the most part. I enjoyed the many conversations we had for the year and a half I knew him. We talked about many a subject. I remember how he talked fondly of his wife, children, and mother. It was allways aparent he loved his family. I will miss him as I'm sure other friends and family will.
Richard W. Malmström
December 20, 2004
Chauncey was one of the great mission designers and I'll miss him. He was exceptionally creative in finding and understanding new kinds of trajectories; worth mentioning are lunar cycler orbits, based on his lunar backflip trajectory, which may be especially useful to future manned exploration. And I will be forever grateful to him for really showing me that "Space is Big."
Ted Sweetser
December 20, 2004
Chauncey embodied my definition of a colorful character. Deepest sympathies to his lovely wife Linda and to his family from one of "The Magnificent Seven."
Neal Hulkower
December 20, 2004
Chauncey's passing brings back the days at JPL when he and I were figuring out how to exploit orbit pumping and cranking and what the limits were. We were such a complementary team, he had great intuition with calculus and could see constaints that I could not, and I could see geometric constraints that he did not. We learned from each other. The Galileo and Cassini missions are part of his legacy from those days. I will miss him.
Phillip Roberts
December 19, 2004
Chauncey was a childhood friend of mine from his hometown of Flora,Il. His mother, who will be 93 on Dec. 28, is also a life long friend and teacher of mine. Chauncey will be missed by his classmates of 1958.
Bonnie Thatcher
December 19, 2004
With deepest sympathy, and loving thoughts for our niece Linda Dorn Uphoff. Bless you, Ryan, Christina, Karina, and Vandee. We add our love and support to that of Chauncey's many friends at this difficult time.
Bob & Bea Eldridge
December 19, 2004
Sending love to Chauncey's wife - my cousin Linda - and to his children: Ryan, Christina, Vandee and Karina. This simple prayer has strengthened me often: For all that has been, "thank You." To all that will be, "yes."
Lynn Eldridge
December 19, 2004
Gone too soon! His love of the stars could only be eclipsed by the love of his family.
Rodger Dorn
December 19, 2004
I Love you Daddy.
Christina Uphoff
December 19, 2004
We met Chauncey when we were preparing to travel to China to adopt our daughter. Our little girls are from the same SWI in China and we have kept in contact with his family over the past couple of years. Our heartfelt condolances to Linda, Ryan and Christina. Chauncey will be missed.
David and Sarah Bandimere
December 19, 2004
Chauncey was my neighbor and friend when I moved from Tennessee to Illinois in fifth grade. He was only in fourth grade but even then I knew he was special. He wanted to know everything - why this happened and how this worked. He will always have a special place in my heart and memories.
Brenda Bingham
December 19, 2004
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Aunt Bea & Uncle Bob
Beatrice & Robert Eldridge
December 19, 2004
Chauncey lived his life as a true creative and innovative individual, but more importantly as one with integrity -- in spite of the consequences such a stand often brought to him. We should all learn from his courageous example.
Rex Ridenoure
December 19, 2004
Chauncey recently taught a course in astronautics at CU, Boulder. I wasn't in his class, but gave a presentation to his class. Chauncey was definitely a story teller, and all of my classmates knew him as such. May he be well, wherever he is, and may his family come together in greater strength through this difficult time of transition. May the Source of life bless all.
Moriba Jah
December 19, 2004
We met Chauncey through my uncle, Bob Winkelmann, he was a great man, and great company. Both he and Linda spent time at our home in the UK, I only met him this one time, but regarded him as a dear friend, we will never forget him. Rest in peace.
Martyn & Margaret Wright
December 19, 2004
Gone too soon.
Tom and Judy Schnell
December 18, 2004
Humankind's exploration of the planets was enriched by Chauncy's touch.
Roger Bourke
December 18, 2004

You have our heartfelt sympathy. Love, Mary Anne & Ron
Mary Anne & Ron Ayers
December 18, 2004
I first met Chauncey in the late 70's in JPL's Section 312 (basically "trajectories and stuff"). He was certainly a delightful, unique, and brilliant character. We benefited greatly from both his wisdom and wit. My sincere condolences to his wife and children. They can take comfort in knowing that Chauncey was a wonderful character that brought to so many of us in the space business knowledge with remarkably good humor. He will be greatly missed.
Bill O'Neil
December 18, 2004
Chauncey was a dear friend and gifted engineer-scientist. He is deeply missed.
Jerome Wright
December 18, 2004
Rest well my friend. We learned from you, and we will continue to learn.

The Universe is still testing us.

Mike Loucks
December 18, 2004
Professor C B Boff will live forever in our hearts, rest well old friend. Bob
Robert Winkelmann
December 18, 2004
A long time friend is gone.
Bernard Kaufman
December 18, 2004
Chauncey's life was a wonderful adventure in space where his proudest accomplishments were realized and happiest moments were spent. He is now among the stars which he loved so well.
Alvin & Doris Dorn
December 18, 2004
C.B.Boff quotes:
"Space is big. Light is fast.
Stars are hot. Will mankind last?"
"Spring has sprung. the grass has rizz.
I wonder where the flowers is?"
Dr. James R. Stuart
December 18, 2004
A dear friend, teacher and inspiration to all of us. His spirit continues on in the lives he touched and in his works.
Steve Schlaifer
December 18, 2004
A wonderful, gentle man who always awed me with his mathematical understanding and wide range of friends. I will miss him.
Eric Dorn
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