Edward R. Finch, Jr., a longtime member of IISL, passed away on 4 September 2011 at the age of 92.
Ambassador Finch was a member of the U.S. delegation to UNISPACE in 1982 and 1999 and a Permanent NGO Representative to COPUOS. He was on the Board of Directors of the National Space Society and he was a member of the Space Law Committee of the American Branch of ILA. One of his books was ASTRO BUSINESS; A GUIDE TO COMMERCE AND LAW OF SPACE. He was proud of his military service in World War II.
He received many awards including the U.S. Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Order of the British Empire, and the Legion of Honor of France. He was gregarious, enthusiastic and a great teller of stories at his dinner table where he often entertained his family and his many friends.