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A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Gerald A. Soffen
Scientist, Pioneer, Viking, Mentor, Friend



"His pioneering work on the Viking missions paved the way for the creation of our astrobiology effort."

    Daniel S. Goldin
    Former NASA Administrator



"Science and students were his loves ... What made Jerry really special was his lifelong passion for sharing his extraordinary knowledge with young people."

    Al Diaz, Center Director
    NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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Soffen stories,
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Soffen Memorial Fund
   For the Advancement of
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"In the years ahead, his legacy certainly will include the first irrefutable discovery of non-terrestrial life...and, just as surely, the inspiration for those who discover it!"

    David W. Thompson, Chairman and CEO
    Orbital Sciences Corporation

"When he came across a young person, he didn't see the student of today, he saw the renowned scientist, president of a company, or teacher of tomorrow."

    NASA Academy Research Associate


Biography of Gerald A. Soffen The Memorial Program (.pdf version)
In lieu of flowers or other forms of recognition, the family requests donations be made to the
Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund For the Advancement of Space Science Education