Clif J., 72, of Statesville Manor in Statesville, NC, has been passionate about astronomy since he was a Boy Scout. Clif developed a curiosity for astronomy when he first used a telescope and realized the immensity of the universe. His Wish of a Lifetime was to attend the Texas Star Party in Fort Davis, Texas, which is one of the largest annual star parties in the United States.
Clif received a PhD in biochemistry and has had an illustrious career as a professor of chemistry for over 40 years. Clif taught chemistry in Germany after receiving the Humboldt Fellowship, and he also taught at the VA for 19 years. While Clif studied and taught chemistry as a profession, astronomy has always been his greatest interest. Clif has helped many Boy Scouts obtain their merit badges in astronomy, and today, he shares his passion for astronomy with residents at Statesville Manor.
Wish of a Lifetime and Statesville Manor, a Brookdale Living community, sent Clif and his longtime friend, Tim, to the Texas Star Party on May 27, 2014. Together, they explored the wonders of the universe for four days in Fort Davis, Texas. Upon returning from his trip, Clif said, “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”