In Memoriam: Paul Kaskiewicz
By Lily Etezady
We regret to inform you of Paul Frederick Kaskiewicz’s passing on January 19, 2022. He was born on July 7, 1950, in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. He had a gentle soul, loved nature, flowers, gardening, ocean, mountains, classical music, and people. He loved the Yorkshire Moors and traveling and was well traveled all around the world.
He finished his PhD at University College, London, in Space Physics. He came to Florida in 1978, for his Post Doctoral on space telescopes. He moved to Princeton a year later to work for RCA. In 2001 he got married in Philadelphia and moved to Pasadena in pursuit of work with Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). He worked for GE, RCA, Lockheed Martin, and JPL . Some of his projects as a system engineer are Spitzer Final Voyager (SIRTF)/ Space Infrared Telescope Facility ( IRS ), Mars Observer, and Genesis Sample Return, beside many more projects that preceded all the new space developments and Mars projects.
He also had an invention with a friend for a satellite shading device called TurboShield which is patented. His last assignment was on the Mars project at JPL. He worked on space exploration and NASA projects and refused to work on any military projects. He was against wars and violence. He thought wars are to distract and control people.
He loved Altadena and was involved in many activities in the area. He was a member of KPFK, Nature Friends, Altadena Heritage, Badminton Altadena, and an active member of Culture Club 101.
He was very unassuming, modest, and humble. He was very kind and willing to help everyone. He has left behind three siblings; Nina, Adrian, and Leon in England and his wife, Lili Etezady Kaskiewicz. He was loved dearly and will be missed by his family and friends.