Dr. Charles W. Juels

Scottsdale, Arizona


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Juels, Dr. Charles W. of Fountain Hills, Arizona passed away on January 21, 2009 at the age of 64. Dr. Juels was born in New York City and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio where he graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1969. He served as a medical officer in the...

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I just heard about Charles. His passing leaves me with a profound sadness, even though I had met him only twice. We exchanged a few emails over time. To me he was not only an enthusiastic astronomer (I will not use the term "amateur" in this case) but a kind and courteous gentlemen. The heavens have gained another star, but our sky is a little dimmer with his passing.

His astronomical achievements are first-class. He's in an elite club of only a handful of non professionals world-wide to have discovered both a comet and a potentially hazardous asteroid.
I had the privilege of collaborating with him in 2005 and found his character to be of the highest order.

I am yet another amateur astronomer in Arizona who knew Charles and was the beneficiary of his friendship. I enjoyed many deep and wide-ranging discussions with him on telescope design and his observing programs to discover asteroids and comets. The world is a smaller and less brilliant place without him.

I met Charles at one of the many amateur/professional minor planet workshops. Charles was a real gentleman in an era where fewer and fewer of those are around. Charles and his contributions to the MPC will be missed.

Charles was a friend and a fellow astronomer
dedicated to asteroid research. But he was so
much more. He was kind of heart, generous
of spirit, and helpful to his colleagues. He
very kindly named one of his asteroid
discoveries after me and another after the man
I admired, and after whom I named my
observatory. I will miss Charles very much.

Charles and I laughed and laughed through many interactions, both e-mail and in person. We were sky warrior compatriots. He joins the ranks of good people and even greater amateur astronomers and deserved every accolade he received. He already has an asteroid and a comet that bear his name and will always be part of the solar system his loved so much. Many of us are not far behind him.

I had the privilege of getting to know Charles better last February at a family reunion. There he took his time to help me.

Charles was a brilliant man, a physician and astronomer, with many discoveries made in the latter field. He was a very kind, gentle, considerate and patient man, with a witty and dry sense of humor.

He and Johnna were good for each other. We will all miss him greatly.

Charles was a good man. We enjoyed getting to know him over the years. He shared many family celebrations with the Wills clan. We appreciated his intelligent, dry wit. He was always supportive of others. Our sympathies to all who knew and loved him.