Carolyn Hurless (November 23, 1934 – February 13, 1987) was a United States astronomer and an American Association of Variable Star Observers merit award winner. She made 79,000 observations prior her death in 1987.
Carolyn Hurless was born in Lima, Ohio on November 24, 1934 to Frank R. Klaserner and Charlotte Jane Foster Klaserner. At the age of 13, she started to take an interest in astronomy through her love of science fiction. She was also invited to join the Lima Astronomy Club by the club president, Herbert Speer. Soon afterwards, Hurless made her own 8-inch reflector telescope, which she calls "feminine" because it is easily transported and easily set up for observing stars. Many of her observations were made with this very telescope. Around the same time, Hurless started to study under AAVSO observer, Leslie Peltier. Hurless passed on Peltier's knowledge to other astronomers by becoming a mentor and by writing monthly newsletters. Eventually, she published her own newsletter for 22 years. Later on, she became a councilor for AAVSO for two years, and a 2nd Vice President of the Council for six years.
Other than being an astronomer, Hurless was a full-time music teacher along with her husband, Don Hurless. In February 1987, Hurless tragically committed suicide due to years of pain from an undiagnosed disease. After her death, Don has never remarried and still lives in Lima in their house. In 1981, an asteroid was discovered by Brian Skiff and was named 3434 Hurless in her honor. In 2012, AAVSO also honored Hurless by launching and naming their four pilot programs The Carolyn Hurless Online Institute for Continuing Education (CHOICE). These pilot programs were the first step towards creating an online education center, which was a goal left behind by Hurless.
Mattei, Janet: Carolyn J. Hurless, 1934 - 1987: AAVSO's enthusiastic ambassador. Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 35 - 36. 
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