Fall 2012

Observatory Named after Arthur Pejsa

On Oct. 29, 2012, UWSP dedicated the campus observatory to Arthur J. Pejsa (’47). Pejsa and his wife Jane were joined by their family and friends, university faculty and community leaders to celebrate the dedication which was hosted by COLS Dean, Christopher Cirmo. 

Pejsa grew up in Custer, Wis. and began his collegiate career in Stevens Point in 1940. He left college to serve as a B-29 pilot in WWII and survived thirty combat missions over Japan.  After the war, he returned to finish his degree and remarkably taught two courses in mathematics as an undergraduate student. He graduated at the top of the Class of 1947, with a degree in mathematics with minors in physics and history.

Pejsa’s storied career as a pioneering aerospace physicist included work on the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions while at working at Honeywell. Prior to his work at Honeywell, he taught both mathematics and physics at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is considered one of the foremost ballistics experts in the country and is an accomplished author.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory is located on the roof of the Science Building and is open to the public for viewing during the school year.

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