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News Release 97-033

U.S. Antarctic Worker Dies

May 1, 1997

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) expresses heartfelt sympathy to the family and to the many friends and colleagues of Charles (Chuck) Gallagher, an employee of the Antarctic Support Associates (ASA), who died of heart failure at McMurdo Station, Antarctica on May 1, 1997 2:01 PM McMurdo Time (April 30, 1997 10:01 PM EST). An airplane was en route to Antarctica for medical evacuation at that time.

NSF mourns the loss of Chuck Gallagher, and lauds his warmth, solidity and contributions over many years in support of scientific research in Antarctica in a difficult, demanding and risky environment. Chuck was one of many unsung individuals who are part of the U.S. Antarctic Program, a community of support staff and scientists who spend the winter during the long Antarctic night. It is they who make it possible to investigate compelling scientific questions about the present and future of our planet.

McMurdo Station is one of three U.S. research stations in Antarctica that support basic research by the U.S. Antarctic Program, managed by NSF. ASA, based in Englewood, Colorado, is NSF's civilian support contractor.


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