One of the world’s most prolific variable star observers, New Zealander Albert Jones, has died at the age of 93. Albert was an avid visual variable star observer for almost 70 years. He has been unable to contribute observations since late 2011 due to failing health.
Albert leaves a legacy of around half a million visual observations of more than 1000 variable stars of various types. We owe it to him to continue his work in the south.
Addition: See also this Sky & Telescope News article about Albert.