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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-21-2013 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note to readers: Updates to collectSPACE may be more sporadic at times or slower to post over the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
On Sunday (Jan. 20), my mother, Sue H. Pearlman, passed away due to complications arising from brain cancer. She was 65.

The idea for collectSPACE came during a visit to my mom’s in July 1999. She was the first to read every article posted on this site since then and served as its unofficial and (until now) uncredited copy editor.

My mother was enthralled by space exploration from the day the space age began. She began my own passion for collecting space by gifting me as a child with the newspaper clippings she had saved from the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Although it was much rarer an occasion than I would have liked (and now deeply regret), mom was able to join me on a few of the trips I made in support of this site (and my previous career), when some of you may have met her.

Thanks to a colleague at NASA, she cheered from alongside the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida when Atlantis returned from the space station Mir on the STS-84 mission in 1997.

She attended the dinner at the 2005 UACC autograph show in New Jersey, where she sat with Walt and Dot Cunningham (an experience she said rivaled her only other astronaut encounter: the day she picked up the phone at home and found herself on the line with Buzz Aldrin, who had called looking for me).

In 2009, she came to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., to watch as I was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame. It was her encouragement that led to my attending Space Camp six times as a child, and she was thrilled to see the Davidson Center for Space Exploration and its vertical Saturn V outdoor display.

Most recently, she and my grandmother (who passed away on Nov. 11, two days after my mother first fell ill due to cancer) visited the space shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. She was amazed by the size of the orbiter and said then that she hoped to visit the other shuttles at their museum homes.

Although she never registered on this site as a member, she read these discussion boards with great interest. She shared how much she admired the knowledge, passion and enthusiasm expressed by this community. She may not have been a card-carrying cS’er, but she was one at heart.

My mother had her master's degree in education, and taught students and other teachers before helping my father start his business in the early 1980s. When my dad passed away in 1991, she took over and ran the company, the third largest of its type in the world.

A few years later, she returned to education, serving as a school principal and office manager before illness forced her to retire.

There is so much more I could write about my mom, but the words really do not suffice. She was an amazing woman, one who I am already finding very difficult to face life without.

Apollo14LMP
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Ben
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posted 01-21-2013 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I am very sorry for your loss. It is really great that she was a part of collectSPACE behind the scenes all these years. Thinking of you today.

Aztecdoug
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posted 01-21-2013 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your mother will be in our family's prayers. God bless.

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Gonzo
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posted 01-21-2013 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Our thoughts go with you, your Mom and your family.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 01-21-2013 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry for your loss. My condolences.


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SkyMan1958
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posted 01-21-2013 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
VERY sorry about your loss. My deepest condolences.

Kite
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posted 01-21-2013 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
. RIP

My thoughts are with you Robert at this sad time. Your Mother was obviously a very interesting and inspiring person.

David Carey
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tnperri
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My deepest condolences.

Fezman92
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rgarner
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Carry on carrying her flag, Robert.

KSCartist
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posted 01-21-2013 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mother. We are all in her debt for placing you on the path that led to collectSPACE. Please know she is at peace and will forever be proud of you.

My mother passed away in 2004 a month after I submitted the final artwork for Exp 11. Like your mom, mine was my biggest supporter. She didn't live to see my art fly in space.

I hope it brings you a measure of comfort to know she was able to share your success. Please know your family will be in our prayers.

nasamad
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fredtrav
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posted 01-21-2013 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert very sorry to here of your loss. The loss of a parent is difficult especially one so young (yes 65 is still young). My thoughts and prayers are with you.

dss65
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You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers as well, Robert. Those of us who have had loving and supportive parents are incredibly fortunate.

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dabolton
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wickball
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Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-21-2013 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing as I didn't know she had been so ill. Let me extend my condolences for your tremendous loss (and for your Grandmother earlier) and to the rest of the Pearlman family.

Like Sue, my Mom had always been a strong supporter of my "space" work since the very beginning, and needles to say, I miss and loved her dearly.

The big "C" also took her life in 2003, along with Theresa's parents in that same terrible year for us.

Our thoughts and prayers (both Theresa and myself) are with you during this difficult time. May God Bless you all.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 01-21-2013 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are in our prayers Rob.

SpaceAholic
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Saddened to learn of your loss Robert, and thankful that we (the cS community) will remain the beneficiaries and an enduring legacy of your Mom's nurturing.

alanh_7
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posted 01-21-2013 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We all only have one mother. I am very sorry for your loss Robert.

ColinBurgess
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So sorry to read of your loss, Robert. Your mother left us way too soon, but her legacy carries on in you. I know that her life would have inspired many others in so many ways, and it's nice to know that through you she managed to meet and talk with some of her spaceflight heroes. Sincere condolences.

JLR1
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posted 01-21-2013 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JLR1   Click Here to Email JLR1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
. My condolences Robert...

GACspaceguy
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jut2y
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posted 01-21-2013 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jut2y   Click Here to Email jut2y     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very sorry to hear of your loss Robert.

space1
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I'm deeply saddened to hear of your mother's passing. I'm glad she was able to guide you in your stellar career, and to help you with this site over so many years. We honor our parents by doing what they have inspired us to do.

Our prayers are with you.

capoetc
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Jurg Bolli
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posted 01-21-2013 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss, Robert.

MCroft04
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MarylandSpace
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Hi Robert, I'm very saddened to hear of the loss of both your mother and grandmother.

Did your mother have a favorite charity or organization that I can make a memorial contribution to?

tedc
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posted 01-21-2013 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tedc   Click Here to Email tedc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,

You and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time.

Greggy_D
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Mike Dixon
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posted 01-21-2013 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our deepest sympathies Rob.

Mike and Laurel.

james f. ruddy
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posted 01-21-2013 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for james f. ruddy   Click Here to Email james f. ruddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

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Tom
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I'm so sorry, Robert. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

micropooz
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Robert, I have never been one to be big on doing the " . " thing for memorials.

But in this case,

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