Thank you Chuck Meertens

Michael Bevis bevis.6 at
Wed Jul 8 15:23:40 UTC 2020

Chuck has always been characterized by the breadth and depth of his
technical competence as a GPS geodesist, but also by a reassuring calmness
at times of stress, and an unfailing generosity of spirit. We are going to
miss you, Chuck! But please plan to stay in touch with your old friends,
and let us know what it is like to be a gentleman of leisure.


On Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 10:15 AM Rebecca Bendick <bendick at> wrote:

> Dear UNAVCO Community:
> I writing with 35 years worth of heartfelt gratitude to announce the
> retirement of Chuck Meertens.  Chuck has served UNAVCO in every capacity
> over his career, from field engineer to Director of Geodetic Data Services
> and —twice—president of the organization.  Without Chuck’s persistence,
> passion, and enthusiasm, UNAVCO would never have become a global leader in
> geodetic technology and scientific data handling.  On top of his scientific
> contributions, Chuck has also served as a generous mentor and ambassador to
> two generations of geodesists, pointing us all toward research advances and
> a stronger, more collaborative, more welcoming community every day.
> I know you will join with me in giving Chuck our thanks, and our sincere
> wishes for unlimited bike rides through wildflowers, ski runs in perfect
> powder, days of steady and true winds for perfect sailing, and plenty of
> time with dear friends.
> Thank you Chuck.
> __________________
> Rebecca Bendick
> bendick at
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