Personnel News: February 2019 Archives

Frank Hicks

Obituary of Dr. H. Frank Hicks Jr., The Union

"Dr. H. Frank Hicks Jr., 95, of Fort Myers, FL passed away on February 21, 2019. Frank led the design and manufacture of America's first high resolution reconnaissance satellite cameras starting in 1958 a few months after the Soviets launched Sputnik. Presidents Johnson and Reagan both spoke about the critical contributions that these spy satellites made to preventing nuclear war. The camera systems on the Lunar Orbiter missions that mapped the moon's surface in advance of the Apollo missions were also developed under his direction. Frank retired from Kodak in 1981 as the Director of Research and Engineering for the Kodak Apparatus Division, and was named Director Emeritus."

Jack Lee

Thomas J. "Jack" Lee

"Thomas J. "Jack" Lee, 83 of New Market, died Sunday at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Wedowee, AL, he was the son of John Tom Lee and Virginia Hodnett Walker. Mr. Lee graduated from the University of Alabama in 1958 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Mr. Lee served as the sixth Director of the NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville from July 1989 to January 1994. He began his professional career in 1958 as an Aeronautical Research Engineer with the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency. He transferred to the Marshall Center when it was formed in 1960, as a Systems Engineer with the Center's Centaur Resident Manager Office in San Diego."

Wallops director moving to NASA HQ; acting director named. Delmarva Now

"NASA Wallops Flight Facility's director is taking a job at the agency's Washington D.C. headquarters, leaving his post after nearly a decade in the role. William Wrobel, known by many as Bill, is serving on a detail with NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C. Keith Koehler, a spokesperson for Wallops, confirmed the move Wednesday."

Christopher Scolese Nominated to be the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office

"Mr. Scolese currently serves as the Director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Previously, he served as the associate administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and as NASA's chief engineer. Mr. Scolese is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, the NASA Distinguished Leadership Medal, the Goddard Outstanding Leadership Medal, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) National Capital Section Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year award."

Suzanne Gillen Named NASA Associate Administrator for Legislative Affairs

"Gillen spent 14 years in the U.S. Senate, where she served as professional staff for NASA, civil space, and aviation policy for Chairman John Thune on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation from September 2013 to March 2018. In this position, she managed the development and legislative advancement of both the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 and the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. She also worked as part of the team drafting the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act. Gillen also served in various staff roles for several U.S. Senators and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works."


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