Franois Xavier

1993 FQ. Discovered 1993 Mar. 21 by E. F. Helin at Palomar.

Named in memory of Franœis-Xavier Bagnoud (1961-1986), whose passion for flying made him, at the age of 23, the youngest professional IFR pilot in Europe of both fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters. That passion, combined with compassion for others in need, led him to join his father at Air Glaciers and to lead some 300 successful rescue missions in the Alps. On 1986 Jan. 14, Francois died in a tragic helicopter accident in Mali. The Franœis-Xavier Bagnoud Foundation was born out of the desire of his family and close friends to continue the loving concern for others shown by François during his life. An observatory established in his name in Switzerland provides astronomers with many clear nights for observation. (M 34626)

Name proposed by M. Wilson, a classmate of François at the American School in Paris.

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