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Andrew Paul Odell, 70, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Emeritus, Northern Arizona University, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the Golden Spike Celebration at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 2019, the exact date of the 150th anniversary of the joining of the rails that created the first Transcontinental Railroad.

The author of many publications and lectures on astronomy and historic railroads, he was actively involved in astronomical research at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, and was affiliated with the University of Arizona and the Steward Observatory in Tucson.

Born May 6, 1949 in Galesburg, Illinois, Andy was predeceased by his parents, and is survived by his brother Arthur “Chip” Odell of Galesburg, and his many friends and colleagues in Flagstaff, Tucson, and the international scientific community.

A celebration of life will be planned in the near future.

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