Dr. Paul Guttman, SS4S Founder, Dies in Plane Crash

Dr. Paul Guttman, SS4S FounderIt is with tremendous sense of loss and sadness that we report the tragic deaths of Dr. Paul Guttman, SS4S founder, and Bill Bohn, his friend and colleague, in an airplane crash in Lyon County on Friday, August 16, 2013.

An article, "Tahoe plane crash vicrtims remembered for many passions", was published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune/Sierra Sun/North Lake Tahoe Bonanza about Paul and Bill.

Doug Klotz created a facebook page called "Friends of Dr. Paul Guttman" to help facilitate sharing information and swapping stories and pictures about Paul.

McAvoy Lane, our local Mark Twain, wrote a wonderful tribute to Paul entitled "Honoring a Life Well-Lived" which appears in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. He read it aloud at a musical tribute for Paul presented by Toccata, the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Per the family's wishes, memorial donations may be made to Space Science for Schools.





Until further notice, upcoming Club Cosmos and Star Party events have been cancelled.


September 8, 2013 – Space Science for Schools (SS4S) will host a memorial gathering for our founder, Dr. Paul Guttman, who recently died in a small airplane accident. The memorial gathering is open to the public, and will be held at the Chateau in Incline Village, Nevada, on October 11, 2013, beginning at 5:30 PM. A catered buffet dinner will be served. For additional information about this event or SS4S, please see call 775-833-0587.

Paul inspired many in the Incline Village area. This event will provide an opportunity for our community to celebrate Paul’s life, to share stories of friendship and experiences with Paul, and to rededicate SS4S to the purpose that Paul established as its founder.

Space Science for Schools is a collection of professional scientists, engineers and educators focused on sharing knowledge with our youth. The organization was established in 2002 as a Nevada 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Education Foundation. The mission of SS4S is to inspire students to adopt and excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). SS4S develops and provides hands-on, inquiry-based supplemental programs to augment and enrich the STEM education provided in the public education system. SS4S invests in the education of our youth to inspire them to develop inquiring minds, and a love for science and technology. SS4S has received educational grants from the Parasol Foundation, the D. W. Reynolds Foundation, the McGowan Foundation, the Newmont North America, and from private donors since 2002.

Recent accomplishments of SS4S include hosting astronomy programs (“Star Parties”) with public telescope observing at Sand Harbor State Park and Burnt Cedar Beach, creation of the Youth Science Institute in Incline Village, in collaboration with UC Davis and SNC, establishment of FIRST NV for Robotics and STEM education in Northern Nevada, hosting Nevada Space Day & Aviation Education Day at Carson City Airport, development of a Space Balloon launch mission with the Boys and Girls Club of Kings Beach and the Douglas County Civil Air Patrol, creation of a rocketry program with the Boys and Girls Club of Kings Beach.

Our celebration of Paul’s life and legacy on October 11 will include music, food, drink, conversation, telescopes, a slide show, and more. In order to establish a headcount for dinner please RSVP by October 4, 2013, by sending an E-mail to events@ss4s.org, with your name, address, telephone number, and the number of people in your party. We suggest a charitable donation of $30 per person to Space Science for Schools, to help defray the cost of the meal. You may donate online at www.ss4s.org, or checks will be accepted at the door. Please join us for this celebration.