Geoffrey Bell

(1899-1982) A Paris, Ontario member and noted solar observer.

Geoffrey Bell (b.1899) was born and raised in Paris, Ontario. In 1921, Bell graduated from the University of Toronto studying dentistry and music. After graduation, he returned to his hometown to open a dental practice. It was during this time that his passion for music led to friendships through the popular Adeney Music Studio located in Paris. He met his future wife Kathleen, a student at the studio, and the couple eventually married in 1937. Soon the newlyweds moved to nearby Drumbo, but Geoffrey would continue to work at his practice in Paris until his retirement at age 80.

Bell’s interests and talents were far-reaching. Aside from his professional work, Bell accomplished a great deal in other elds including music, poetry, and astronomy. Geoffrey was an accomplished cellist. His wife Kathleen was a professional musician who taught piano and violin until she was 99 years of age. For several years, the couple performed in symphony orchestras in Brantford and in Kitchener in southwestern Ontario. Kathleen celebrated her 100th birthday in 2011.

—Clark Muir (from JRASC 109, 5, pp. 202)

Acknowledgement: Dr. Bell's logbooks and related documents were generously given to the RASC archives by his daughter, Nuala Freund, in 2015. (His solar sketches were previously donated to the RASC Hamilton Centre and so are not part of this collection.)

Further Reading:

  • Geoffrey Bell, An Interesting Observation of Venus, JRASC 20, 3 (1926 March), 76
  • Geoffrey Bell, Two Sonnets: A Night in October, The Pleiades, JRASC 20, 6 (1926 December), 322
  • Clark Muir, "Geoffrey W. Bell (1899-1982), Canadian Amateur Astronomer", JRASC 109, 5 (2015 October), 202-203
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