John Schroer passed away on July 14. He loved space exploration and was a dedicated Solar System Ambassador. This page will remain here through the end of the year to honor his memory and contribution to the program.
John Schroer's interest in space exploration came from his Uncle Paul, who worked for NASA during the days of Gemini and Apollo. His father, a civil engineer, also worked for the Apollo program, helping design the restraints that held the Saturn V on the launch pad from engine start until liftoff.
John rediscovered astronomy with the arrival of Halley's Comet in 1986. As a amateur astronomer, he began to volunteer at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History's Planetarium as a weekend lecturer. He joined the paid staff in 1988, and became a Planetarium Educator in 1990. he has also served as Assistant Curator of Astronomy in the Caryl D Philips Space Theater at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio; as Planetarium/Science Educator at the Schenectady Museum in upstate New York; and in the Digital Dome Planetarium at the New Detroit Science Center as the Planetarium Education Coordinator.
John assisted the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College of the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) with the operation of the Briercliffe-Davis Observatory and taught astronomy to schools on Tortola and Virgin Gorda during his three visits there. John is also an active amateur astronomy club member.