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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: June 2011

16 - Breathing room on Concord Avenue



The AAVSO that we see today, a thriving and financially independent organization still devoted to its original aims and purposes, would delight Leon Campbell. We are now assured that the Association will indeed “grow, and grow, and grow” thanks above all to the determined efforts and unfailing devotion of its retiring Director Margaret W. Mayall.

– Clinton B. Ford, 1973

Margaret Mayall and the AAVSO went through the remainder of the 1960s and early 1970s with few distractions and accomplishing many of the Association's goals.

During this time, Mayall expanded the number of observing program stars, issued new series of charts, formed new observing committees, began using modern computer data processing methods to compile and plot observations, and approved the start of new publications. Above all, she maintained a plodding attention to the fundamentals of the organization: collecting and plotting observations; disseminating them in the form of publications and request fulfillment; and chart production, revision, and comparison star sequence evaluation.

By these steps the work of the AAVSO continued to grow – and that itself could be called Mayall's greatest accomplishment as Director. This chapter follows the history of the Association in a new headquarters location, the expansion of observer programs and publications efforts by its members, and how it finally reached financial stability.

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