My name is Gregg Ruppel. I have
lived in St. Louis for most of my life. I am married and have a son and
two daughters. I am a graduate of St. Louis University (biology), University of Chicago (respiratory therapy) and Washington University
(education). I worked as the Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at St. Louis
University Hospital for 34 years and retired in 2013. I serve in several professional organizations dealing with respiratory care and lung function testing. I am an adjunct professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
I have been interested in astronomy since the early sixties (see the Dedication for
my observatory). I have several telescopes,
including an AstroSystem
Austria N10 astrograph, a Celestron C8 and a
Takahashi FSQ 106N that can be housed in my backyard observatory. In 1997 I
built a CB245 CCD camera. I now use an SBIG
STL11000M for imaging. I'm a member of the
Eureka Observers Club,
the St. Louis Astronomical Society,
and the Astronomical Society of Eastern
My other interests include flying radio controlled model aircraft and
scuba diving when time permits - as if astronomy wasn't an expensive enough hobby.
Jack already knows his way around the observatory.