Personnel News: January 2015 Archives

Valorie Burr

Valorie Burr (NASA GSFC)

"Valorie A. Burr, 61, a resident of Odenton, MD, passed away at her home on January 21, 2015."

Remembrance

NASA Administrator Message: Day of Remembrance - Jan. 28, 2015

"Today we remember and give thanks for the lives and contributions of those who gave all trying to push the boundaries of human achievement. On this solemn occasion, we pause in our normal routines and remember the STS-107 Columbia crew; the STS-51L Challenger crew; the Apollo 1 crew; Mike Adams, the first in-flight fatality of the space program as he piloted the X-15 No. 3 on a research flight; and those lost in test flights and aeronautics research throughout our history."

Denise Stewart

Keith's note: Denise J. Stewart has passed away. She worked at NASA Headquarters for a number of years.

Update: Memorial details are below:

Ball Aerospace Names Michael Gazarik as Technology Director

"Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has hired Michael Gazarik as Director for its Office of Technology on the Boulder campus effective March 2. Dr. Gazarik will lead the alignment of Ball's technology development resources with business development and growth strategies."

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Statement: "Mike's experienced leadership and commitment has been critical to building the strong foundation upon which our Space Technology Mission Directorate now stands," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Through his hard work and vision, he's developed an innovative, cross-cutting organization that creates the new knowledge and capabilities needed to enable our future missions. Mike's proven that technology drives exploration and is a critical component of our journey to Mars. His tireless work and dedication to fostering innovation at NASA will be sorely missed."

NASA Associate Administrator for Space Technology Michael Gazarik Statement: "It's been a great honor to lead a team that has, for the first time in more than a decade, created a robust, relevant and innovative space technology program at NASA. As my family and I embark on a new chapter in our lives and I accept an aerospace industry position, I depart knowing that the NASA team is well on its way to achieving important space technology milestones that will enable our journey to Mars and beyond."

Alberto Enrique Behar

Longtime JPL scientist killed in plane crash near Van Nuys Airport, Daily News

"Alberto Enrique Behar, 47, of Scottdale, Arizona, died at the scene of the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. R. Hays said. Behar was the only person on board the aircraft. According to his online resume on LinkedIn.com, Behar had worked as an investigation scientist at JPL in Pasadena since 1991, where he worked on robotics systems for planetary exploration."

Explorers dive under Greenland ice, BBC (2008)

"Dr Behar is a robotics expert with the agency at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, US. He has been studying the tubular crevasses that appear on the surface of the Greenland ice known as moulins."

The NASA family lost 5 of its members over the holidays.

James Hsiu-Kai Chi
Larry Vogel
Sam Keller
Thomas McMurtry
Owen Glenn Morris

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Owen Glenn Morris

Owen Glenn Morris

"Owen Glenn was hired by NACA in Langley, Virginia to design and operate a supersonic wind tunnel. In 1958, NACA became NASA and Owen Glenn joined the Space Task Group, focusing on the Apollo Program. Owen Glenn was a pioneer throughout his life using his positive "can do, will do" attitude to work with others on many programs and causes bringing dreams to reality."

Owen Glenn, NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project

Thomas McMurtry

Keith's note Thomas C. McMurtry passed away at 6:40 AM, Saturday, January 3, 2015.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 10th at 12:30 at Father Serra Parish in Quartz Hill. Viewing will be Friday, January 9th at Halley Olsen Mortuary in Lancaster between 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Carmelite Sisters of Alhambra (http://www.carmelitesistersocd.com/gifts-in-memoriam/) or Father Serra Parish in Lancaster, CA.

NASA Dryden Biographies, Former Pilots: Thomas C. McMurtry

"Thomas C. McMurtry brought a distinguished career as a research pilot and administrator to a close on June 3, 1999, when he retired from NASA's Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, after 32 years of service. Most recently, McMurtry was Associate Director for Operations at NASA Dryden from July 27, 1998, and also served as Dryden's acting Chief Engineer from February, 1999 until his retirement."


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