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AGU has lost an unselfish leader and tireless supporter with the death of Ned Ostenso from a heart attack on April 13. A member of AGU since 1953, Ostenso served as chairman and member of the Russian Translations Board for many years. He was instrumental in starting AGU's public affairs program and served as chair of that committee. As a member of the Budget and Finance Committee for 20 years, he was a leader in establishing the Union's financial stability through an investment policy that enlarged the financial reserves more than tenfold. As chairman of the ad hoc Real Estate Committee, he guided the Union through the planning and construction of the widely acclaimed headquarters building, which he envisioned as a structure that would provide services to the scientific community as a whole and not just a place to house the AGU staff.