Honoring the Past

James Carr (right), a great-great-great grandson of James Yeatman, along with Crow Observatory assistants Kim Venta (left), a junior physics major, and Joe Bohanon, a mathematics graduate student, look at a plaque on the Yeatman Telescope honoring one of the more unique gifts in WUSTL history. The plaque was unveiled in a Dec. 4 ceremony at the observatory in Crow Hall commemorating the 1859 gift from Yeatman, a local philanthropist who donated $1,500 for the making of a superior telescope that the University still uses today. Carr saw the telescope featured on a KETC-TV program and contacted Martin Israel, Ph.D., professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, who felt that Yeatman should be recognized for his long-lasting contribution. For more on the telescope, visit physics.wustl.edu/Resources/CrowObservatory/.