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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 18, 2006

Memorial Service Set For Van Allen, U.S. Space Pioneer, Sept. 10

The University of Iowa will hold a public memorial service for Dr. James A. Van Allen at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus in Iowa City, Iowa. Everyone is welcome to attend, and the family will greet attendees following the service.

One of Iowa's most distinguished citizens, Van Allen -- U.S. space pioneer and Regent Distinguished Professor of Physics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences -- died Aug. 9, 2006, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at the age of 91.

In addition to the memorial service, thoughts and memories may be shared with the Van Allen family through a special Webpage created by Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City. Also, the UI Foundation has established a James Van Allen Scholarship Fund. More information is available at

Further information, photographs and links to other sites may be found at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy Tribute page at and on the University of Iowa News Services Website at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should contact Hancher Auditorium at (319) 335-1158, a phone number equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment and who use that technology.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,