FRANCO EINAUDI
1937 - 2020
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Franco Einaudi (Age 83)  
Of Columbia, Maryland, passed away from complications of pneumonia on December 10, 2020 with his wife by his side. Born in Turin, Italy, on October 31, 1937, he graduated from the Politecnico di Torino in 1961 and came to the United States a year later to undertake graduate work in physics at Cornell University. After receiving his PhD in 1967, he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto; he subsequently spent ten years as a fellow in the Cooperative Institute of Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado, followed by eight years as a Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He never lost his connection to his home country, and in fact brought his family to Rome for a year in 1976 where he was a director of research at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and to Florence in 1984 for a sabbatical year as a visiting professor at the Osservatorio Astrofisico Arcetri.  In 1987, he moved to Maryland where spent 23 years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. During his last ten years there, he was Director of the Earth Sciences Division. He retired from NASA in 2010 and spent the next five years as an unofficial ambassador for NASA, visiting high schools and colleges with high percentages of minority students to encourage them to pursue careers in earth sciences. In recognition of this work, in 2014 he was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Thomas E. Anderson Award "for consistent, career-long personal efforts to increase diversity, and for leading institutional changes that will continue to create opportunities for women and under-represented minorities." An avid soccer player, he was a lifelong fan of his beloved Torino F.C. He also spent many years coaching his sons' soccer teams, one of which toured the British Isles where the boys held their own in games in London, Liverpool, Manchester, and Edinburgh. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Paula Ferris, his sons Renato and Gian Paolo, his daughter-in-law Roxana, and his three granddaughters, Camila, Marcela, and Emma, all of whom remember him with love and admiration. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Meteorological Society, of which he was president in 2006, at ametsoc.org or AMS, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.www.witzkefuneralhomes.com  


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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 13, 2020.
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December 24, 2020
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Milton Halem
December 19, 2020
Franco was my boss and my friend when I was at Goddard. He was an incredibly kind man and a great scientist who led the Earth Science Division. He will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts go out to the Einaudi family.
Michael Seablom
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December 18, 2020
Franco Einaudi was a fine scientist and scientific leader. I was always impressed by his passion for knowledge to improve the world. I last met him at the Royal Society in London, and was struck by his hunger for understanding, and for his humane leadership. He was a truly civilised man who will be missed not just in the USA or Italy but throughout the scientific world.
Robert Gurney
Acquaintance
December 18, 2020
Franco Einaudi was a fine scientist and a humane scientific leader. He made very important global contributions both via his science and by his leadership and championing of science via the American Meteorological Society as well as via NASA. I last met him in London, at the Royal Society, and was struck by the hunger for scientific understanding that he displayed in order to make the world a better place. He ill be missed not just in the USA or Italy, but throughout the scientific world.
Robert Gurney
Acquaintance
December 15, 2020
A great man and scientific leader! We will miss our lunches together. I know many in Goddard's Earth Sciences will also miss Franco!
Bob Cahalan
Friend
December 14, 2020
This was a beautiful guy, with whom I felt an instant connection. He came from a very well-known family in Italy. I met his mother in Pisa in 1971. He was the grand-nephew of the first President of the Republic of Italy following World War II. His wife is also a beautiful person of high achievement. (Her mother was my 1st cousin.) Ci mancherai, Franco.
Al Cavagnaro
Family
December 14, 2020
We will miss him terribly especially this time of year when we used to share a meal and visits and biscotti just to catch up we are heartbroken
Gayle And andy negri
Coworker
December 14, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to Paula and her children. Anne Fletcher
Anne Fletcher
Friend
December 14, 2020
I did not know Franco. But I do know his passing will leave a giant hole in Paula's life and others that were close to him. You all have my deepest sympathy.
Cappy Walls
Friend
December 14, 2020
My sympathies for you and your family Paula. My mom Vick is your cousin and she has always felt close to you. What an awesome scientist he was! Wishes of peace at this time. Sincerely, Lucy (Reno) Van Andel
Lucy Reno
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December 14, 2020
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