1959 RJ. Discovered 1959 Sept. 7 at the Goethe Link Observatory at Brooklyn, Indiana.

Named in memory of John C. Golson (1927-1984), the first employee of the Kitt Peak National Observatory. "J. C." had been a night assistant at the McDonald Observatory before he was hired by Aden B. Meinel {see planet (4065)} to work as an observer on the site survey for a national optical astronomy observatory. The first person hired after Kitt Peak was selected, he received a special service award during the celebration of KPNO's 25th anniversary in February 1983. (M 10043) Name proposed by F. K. Edmondson.

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