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Nicholas Robert Anderson

Nick Anderson, 2014-2015 ACVT President, passed away on December 22, 2015.

Nick's contributions to the club were invaluable. He shared his passion for and knowledge of astronomy with club members and non-club members alike by orchestrating the sidewalk astronomy events, giving Starry Night presentations at meetings, coordinating the famous "Pluto Smackdown!", keeping the meetings lively and so much more. He was also a good friend to many of us and there are no words to express how much we will all miss him.

Rest in Peace Nick Anderson. We'll look for you among the stars.


Nicholas Robert Anderson, 23, recent Virginia Tech Physics graduate, passed away in Blacksburg, VA on December 22, 2015. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, Nick moved to Virginia Beach in 1997. Nick earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010, and graduated later that year from Tallwood High School. At Virginia Tech, Nick served as President of the Astronomy Club and also was an avid member of the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. He earned various astronomy awards, including the Master Observer Award and the Messier 400 Award.

Musically gifted, Nicholas played the piano, bassoon, cello, and trombone, and recently completed his first piano composition. Nick had a love of animals, travel, and exploration, and spent last summer working at Yellowstone National Park.

Left to cherish his memory are his father, Charles Anderson; mother, Sandra Anderson LaSalle; brother, David Anderson; and grandmother Anne Belsky; and extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Saturday January 16, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, 300 36th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. A second service will be held at 3 PM on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel in Blacksburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Union Mission, P.O.Box 3203, Norfolk, VA 23514-3203, or a charity of your choice.

Nick's passion for astronomy can be viewed via his active website at his website .

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