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  • 24 May 2024 7:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Norman Henry Chaffee III passed away peacefully at his home on May 24th, 2024 at the age of 77. Norm was born on August 17, 1937, in Providence, Rhode Island to Frances Sands Chaffee and Norman Henry Chaffee, Jr. and was given the nickname Bing as a youngster. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma shortly after his birth, and that is where he was raised. Norm attended Rice University and the University of Tulsa, earning BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering. He briefly worked at Sunray DX Oil Company in Tulsa, but in 1962 made the bold move that would set the trajectory of his life, and accepted a job offer from NASA. Norm moved his young family to Pasadena, Texas and over the next 36 years pursued his great passion for the space program. He contributed to the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs, and held leadership roles supporting the International Space Station, Automation and Robotics, and Biomedical Engineering Divisions. Following his retirement from NASA in 1998, Norm embarked on his next role in Educational Outreach, first as a contractor and finally as a volunteer – until just a few years ago. Norm became a legend in the educational realm and is respected and revered by countless colleagues and students across the country and globe who participated with him in local and international Space Settlement Design competitions.

    Link to his oral history:

    https://historycollection.jsc.nasa.gov/JSCHistoryPortal/history/oral_histories/ChaffeeNH/chaffeenh.htm

    A written summary of his career that is published on U.S. Space Worker Hall of Fame:  https://hall.spacewalkoffame.org/workers/norman-h-chaffee

  • 29 Apr 2024 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cookie passed away on April 29, 2024 at the age of 95. She retired from NASA in 1987.

    The link to Cookie's  obituary is:  www.crowderfuneralhome.com/obituaries/minnie-cookie-leisenring-2/


  • 24 Mar 2024 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    George Abbey passed away on March 24, 2024 at the age of 91.

    Obituary: https://www.crowderfuneralhome.com/obituaries/george-william-samuel-abbey-sr/

    There will be a Memorial service at 9:00 A.M. on Friday June 7, 2024 at Johnson Space Center in the Teague Auditorium, followed by a A Tree Planting Ceremony.

  • 19 Mar 2024 4:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ed passed away on March 19, 2024 at the age of 90 in Currie, North Carolina. He retired from NASA after a 25-year career at MSC/JSC.

    The link to Ed's  obituary is:  www.echovita.com/us/obituaries/nc/currie/horace-whitacre-17813627
  • 18 Mar 2024 9:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Astronaut Tom Stafford passed away on March 18, 2024 at the age of 94. 

    Tom Stafford commanded Apollo 10, the dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 Moon landing, as well as the Apollo-Soyuz docking with the Russians in 1975. He was selected in the second class of NASA Astronauts and was the Gemini 6A pilot and Gemini 9A commander.

    Here is is Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_P._Stafford 

  • 14 Mar 2024 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don passed away on March 14, 2024 at the age of 82. He was Subsystem Manager during Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Space Station programs as well as Project Engineer, Project Manager and Program Manager in a number of NASA programs. 

    The obituary for Don: http://www.allisonfuneralservice.com/tributes/Don-McCutchen (https://www.allisonfuneralservice.com/tributes/Don-McCutchen#tributewall) 

  • 3 Mar 2024 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jim passed away on March 3, 2024 at the age of 91.  He retired from NASA after a 30-year career at MSC/JSC.

    The link to Jim's  obituary is: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/houstonchronicle/name/james-lawrence-obituary?id=54543704

  • 1 Mar 2024 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ken passed away on March 1, 2024.  He retired in 1996 as Chief, Integrated Planning System Office/DC.

    There was no public obituary for Ken.

  • 27 Feb 2024 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Astronaut Dick Truly passed away on Feb 27, 2024 at the age of 86. 

    He had a celebrated career as a Naval Aviator, Astronaut, NASA Administrator, and Vice Admiral.

    His obituary can be found here: http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-022924a-astronaut-richard-truly-nasa-adminstrator-obituary.html 

  • 24 Feb 2024 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jody passed away on February 24, 2024 at the age of 82. He retired from NASA after a 42+-year career at MSC/JSC.

    The link to Jody's obituary is:  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/houston-tx/joseph-yeo-11683012
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