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Samuel Leutheusser

Amelia Wehlau

February 05, 1930 - March 21, 2021

We created this online memorial to celebrate the life of Amelia Wehlau. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Click on the heart to receive email updates. Thank you for contributing.

Amelia Wehlau, 91, died on March 21 due to complications from COVID.  A high achiever, determined and practical, Amelia had a no-nonsense approach to everything she did including her choice of career. At the age of nine she decided to become an astronomer.  She was later aided in this ambition by her high school teacher, Alma Betz and her sister, who brought her copies of Sky and Telescope. In 1953 at the age of 23, she graduated from...  see more
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  • Tara Sopoco
    I'm so sorry to hear this. I worked with Amelia in 1997 and 1998 as an undergraduate student at Western. I pestered her for a few weeks before she and John Landstreet hired me on for the summer. She was a very kind boss and was very engaged in her work....  more
  • Marlene Koehler
    Dear Alice, Jeanne and family,
    I had great affection for Amelia. Although I'm a recent member of the UFL, I knew her initially through my parents. My Dad was always interested in and impressed by women in science of his generation and that Amelia was a...  more
  • Pauline Barmby
    I have fond memories of seeing Amelia around the department and in the front row at astronomy seminars. My condolences to her family and friends.
  • Samuel Leutheusser