It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that a Lick Observatory colleague died shortly after noon on Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident that occurred near our Mt. Hamilton facility. Gregory Sulger, a senior building maintenance worker who had worked and lived at Lick Observatory for the past two years, was 54.

Greg's death has deeply affected the 17 other Lick employees who work and live at the observatory. He was not only a dependable, committed worker, Greg was one of those rare individuals who seemed to like everyone he came in contact with. If you heard whistling or singing along the ridge of Mt. Hamilton, chances are you would soon discover that Greg was the source.

Not only would Greg go out of his way to assist visitors at the observatory, he was also a guy who would just pop his head into your office in the morning to ask how you were doing.

Greg left a lasting impression on the staff and visitors of Mt. Hamilton during the time he called our community home. He loved it on the mountain; he actually reveled in it. And his spirit will always be with us here.

Lick Observatory will hold a celebration of Greg's life on Wednesday, December 19, at 3 p.m. in the observatory's Main Building. For updated information, please go to: ucolick.org.

Thank you.