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In Memoriam: Gregory Andorfer

Gregory Paul Andorfer

The Association of Science and Technology Centers is saddened to share the news of the passing of Gregory Andorfer on October 29, 2020. Our community has lost a true champion for public engagement in science and powerful advocate for the science center and museum field. Greg served as executive director and chief executive officer of the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1996 to 2004. There, he oversaw an expansion project that revitalized the science center and added its Edward St. John Hall. He served two terms on ASTC’s Board of Directors, chairing the Board’s advocacy committee.

Greg’s 30-year science communication career reflected an excitement for storytelling and included producing numerous educational programs for public television and The Discovery Channel prior to his tenure at the science center. He won five Emmys for his production work, including one for the series Planet Earth. While at the science center, he produced the IMAX films Human Body and Dinosaurs Alive!

Greg graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in Art History and English and earned an MBA in Arts Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. Kenyon College later conferred on Greg an honorary PhD for excellence in public communication of science.

Read more about Greg’s life and legacy in this obituary from the Cumberland Times-News.

We share our condolences with Greg’s family, friends, and colleagues.

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