A bright star still radiates in our hearts.Nicholas Robert Anderson, 23, recent Virginia Tech Physics graduate, passed away in Blacksburg, Va. on December 22, 2015. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Nick moved to Virginia Beach in 1997. Nick earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010, and graduated later that year from Tallwood High School. At Virginia Tech, Nick served as President of the Astronomy Club and also was an avid member of the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. He earned various astronomy awards, including the Master Observer Award and the Messier 400 Award.Musically gifted, Nicholas played the piano, bassoon, cello, and trombone, and recently completed his first piano composition. Nick had a love of animals, travel, and exploration, and spent last summer working at Yellowstone National Park.Left to cherish his memory are his father, Charles Anderson; mother, Sandra Anderson LaSalle; brother, David Anderson; and grandmother Anne Belsky; and extended family and friends.A memorial service was held on Saturday January 16, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach. A second service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel in Blacksburg, VA.In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Union Mission, P.O. Box 3203, Norfolk, VA 23514-3203, or a charity of your choice.Nick's passion for astronomy can be viewed via his active website at www.MessierThanAComet.com.
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