FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Planetarium will be renamed the Ed Dooley Planetarium, in honor of the facility’s late director, in a ceremony on Oct. 25.
The ceremony will begin with refreshments and remarks from FMU president Fred Carter, followed by a multimedia presentation on Dooley’s life. The planetarium will then be dedicated and an acceptance speech will be given by Marilyn Dooley, Ed Dooley’s widow. Ross Fleming, director of the Cauthen Educational Media Center, will give reminiscences of Dooley, and John Mattox, new director of the FMU planetarium and observatory, will give a planetarium show titled “The Loneliness Factor” featuring Dooley’s voice.
James E. “Ed” Dooley was a founding faculty member at FMU and served as director of the university’s planetarium, observatory and astronomy program. He died in April after contending with home hemodialysis treatments for 22 years and receiving a kidney transplant last year.
“The Loneliness Factor” will be presented for the public on Sunday, Oct., 22, at 3 p.m. The planetarium is located on the second floor of the Cauthen Educational Media Center on the FMU campus. In addition to resuming the public programs on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, the planetarium recently resumed the presentation of planetarium shows to school groups. To schedule a show for a school group, call 843-661-1381.
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