One thing I can promise you, and that is if we are penniless I will not close the door and walk out!– Margaret W. Mayall, 1954
For the next decade, the American Association of Variable Star Observers, now without its Harvard Observatory support, found itself facing deficits in its operations and struggling to raise its own Endowment Fund with which to fund its operations.
Survival in this period must be credited to the continued tenacity and optimism of Director Margaret Mayall and many other officers and friends. Although there were “low” spots, she was also being encouraged by the responses from grant associations who were taking an interest in her initiatives in observing programs and publications. Yet, at the same time she was trying to make the Association's operations more efficient.
This chapter traces some of the ups and downs for the Association during the next 9 critical years of operations.
MOVE TO BRATTLE STREET
A small group of AAVSO members and friends gathered on a Saturday, January 2, 1954, to assist with the move to the new headquarters on Brattle Street. Among the helpers were Jackie Sweeney Kloss, Jean McCroskey, Virginia McKibben Nail, and Dorrit Hoffleit, all from the HCO scientific staff; and Franklin Marsh, Percy Witherell, Helen Stephansky, Newton Mayall, and Margaret Mayall of the AAVSO.