In Memory of
Dr. Robert A. 'Bob' Schommer
Dec 9, 1946 - Dec 12, 2001

Schommer Educational Fund

Celebrations of Bob's Life

NOAO Announcement and Obituary

Local Announcement

R. A. Schommer Educational Fund

Dear friends,

A fund has been established to assist the Schommer family in meeting the future educational expenses of their children Robert, Andrea, and Paulina. Friends and colleagues are invited to contribute to this fund, which is a Fidelity Investments/529 Savings Plan. The beneficiary of the account is Robert Schommer and the participant is Maria Iris Labra.

Contributions can be made payable to:

and mailed to:

Contributions are not tax deductible, but will be tax free gifts to the family.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria-Iris Labra Schommer [irislabra at hotmail dot com].



Bob's life is being celebrated in PHOTOS collected from friends and colleagues around the world. If you have pictures of Bob please send them to Ed Olszewski (


Memorial Celebration on 19 December 2001

We gathered to celebrate Bob Schommer's life and his contributions to our lives, both professional and personal. This gathering was held jointly in Tucson, La Serena, Hilo, and on Cerro Tololo -- all linked by video -- on Wednesday, December 19, at 8.30/11.30/15.30 Hilo/Tucson/Chile. It also included participation via telephone from Baltimore, MD (STScI) and Columbus, OH (OSU), if not many more.

This celebration included comments from

as well as messages sent from astronomers all over the world.

Statements from the Memorial



We mourn the loss of our good friend and colleague, Bob Schommer, who died the morning of December 12, 2001.

The wake will be at Lourdes church on December 13, starting around 5:30pm. His funeral service will take place December 14th at 10:00am at Lourdes church, and from there the cortege will leave for the English cemetery in Guayacan.


Lamentamos la pérdida de nuestro buen amigo y colega, Bob Schommer, quien falleció la mañana del 12 de Diciembre, 2001.

Bob Schommer será velado el 13 de Diciembre en la iglesia de Lourdes desde alrededor de las 5:30pm. La misa será el 14 de Diciembre a las 10:00 y posteriormente los funerales se efectuarán en el cementerio Inglés de Guayacán.

Last updated August 21, 2006 by RCS