The Jo Cline Memorial Endowment was established by Don Cline in September 2015 with an initial funding goal of $50,000. Interest from the endowment will provide annual ongoing support of the Jo Cline Fall Astronomy Lecture Series. Don will match, dollar for dollar, contributions made to this fund until our goal is reached.  Please consider honoring Jo’s memory by contributing to the fund.

Jo Cline was born Joann Schlagenhauf in Bluffton, IN, and moved to North Carolina in 1948. She lived most of her life in Greensboro, and was a loving partner with her husband, Don, in business, ballooning, education, and philanthropy. She owned the BalloonPort of Greensboro and actively managed it for more than 30 years. Jo was a co-founder of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in the NC Mountains, where she is lovingly remembered as “The First Lady of PARI.” The generosity and support of Don and Jo Cline helped make the observatory and the astronomy outreach program at GTCC possible, and they have left their mark on numerous astronomical and scientific institutions around North Carolina.

The Clines have been fixtures at GTCC astronomy events during the past two decades, and could always be seen in the front row at our fall lectures. Jo’s quiet personality, along with her dry and sharp wit, is deeply missed.

Gifts can be made to payable to:
GTCC Foundation
Re:  Jo Cline Endowment
PO Box 309
Jamestown, NC 27282

For more information about how you can support Cline Observatory, contact the GTCC Foundation at 336.334.4822 (Greensboro) or 336.454.1126 (High Point) ext. 50264 or Tom English at ext. 50023.