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There is a well-known phrase "Behind every great man there's a great woman." That can be changed to 'Behind every great man, there are many great supporters.' NACA and NASA have probably produced more than their share of great aeronautical researchers. But without the many workers daily performing their jobs, the research would not have been possible. The cultural history of our center has been built on all the personnel, from the construction crews through the models makers, computers, wind tunnel technicians, and lesser known researchers. Throughout the website can be found references to some of these individuals.

This page is an attempt to capture brief biographies of these people who are no longer with us, who made NACA/NASA what it is. The computers - women hired to perform calculations prior to the advent of electronic computers - have their own page.

In 2015, NASA Langley started a Hall of Honor (indicated with star).

Gold Dates Indicate Reached 100 Years of Age

Contents

[top] A

Abbott, Ira H. * 1906-1988

Abicht, Beryle Richard 2008

Adams, James J. 2011

Adamson, David 1920-2005

Alderfer, David W. 1960-2013

Alford, William L. 1959

Allamby, Federick O. 2016

Ames, Milton B. 1913-1992

Armstrong, Neil 1930-2012

[top] B

Baals, Donald D. 1916-2013

Babcock, Dale A. 2000

Barefield, Franklin Roosevelt, Sr. 1932-2017

Barger, Beulah 1991

Barger, Loy 1996

Barker, Benjamin C. Jr. 2011

Becker, Rowena D. 1921-1995

Berry, Calvin C. 1926-2014

Billingsley, John H. 1925 - 2012

Bosta, Paul 2012

Boswinkle, Robert W. 1922-2006

Boyer, William J. -2011

Boykin, Richard M. Jr. 2013

Bowman, James S. Jr. 2015

Boxer, Emanuel 2013

Branch, William N. 1921-2013

Breckenridge, Robert A. 1938-2013

Bressette, Walter Edward 1923-2013

Burcham, Arnold 'Buddy' 2015 Brooks, Neva Burcher 2013

Brown, Philip W. 1940-2013

Burcher, Linwood G. 2015

Butler, T. Melvin 1996

[top] C

Call, Donald K. 1920-2014

Cambell, John P. 2007

Card, Michael F. 2013

Carmines, William A. 2014

Carroll, Kenneth G. 2013

Carroll, Thomas 1890-1975

Carroll, William 2008

Carson, Jeanette 1924 - 2013

Champine, Robert Robert Apgar Champine: HE’S GOT THE RIGHT STUFF

Clark, Hubert K. 2013

Clevenson, Sherman A. 2015

Cline John 1944 - 2012

Coffey, Elizabeth S. 2014

Comer, John B. 1925-2014

Jeffrey 2016

Cortright, Edgar M. 1923-2014

Coy, Paul F. 1981

[top] D

Dalin, Dale W. 1978

Darby, Thomas Edward 2012

Davis, Alexander 2013

Davis, Everett B., Jr. 1918 - 2013

Deal, Perry L. 2010

DeLauder, James 2014

Denn, Joseph S. 2012

Deuell, Mary H. 2010

Dickens, Waldo L. 2014

Dodgen, John "Jack" 1917-2017

Donlan, Charles J. 1916-2011

Dunham, Ralph Earl Jr. 1944-2012

Durling, Barbara J. 1921-2001

[top] E

Edwards, John W. 1939-2011

Elliott, Jarrell R. 1929-2014

Emerson, Burt R. 2012

Eves, John William, Sr. 2013

[top] F

Faget, Maxime * 1921-2004

Farassat, Fereidoun 1944-2011

Farmer, Frank 1938-2007

Fedors, John C. 2014

Fedziuk, Henry A. 1916-2014

Fink, Marvin P. 1918-2013

Fournier, Roger H. 2007

Fowler, Bruce 2013

Fryer, John 1937-2015

[top] G

Gainer, Patrick A. 1927-2015

Gauthier, Mary Ruth Bates 2013

Gayle, Jack F. 2012

Geer, E. Barton 1919-2013

Geib, Dennis 1948-2015

German, Earl S. Jr. 2013

Gilruth, Dr. Robert R. * 2000

Gough, Melvin N. 1906-1994

Groves, Manford R. 2015

Guy, William H. Jr. 1917-2015

[top] H

Hacskaylo, Ernestine C. 1920-2011

Hall, Thomas "Sonny" 1938-2014

Hammack, Jerome B. 1922-2007

Hanson, Perry W. 2009

Haskins, Juanita Creasy 2014

Hastings, Charles E. 1976

Hearth, Donald P. 1928-2013

Hedgepeth, Mary Whisnant 1924-2007

Hellbaum, Richard F. 2014

Henderson, William P. 2013

Henk, Ronnie 2013

Herring, Harvey 2012

Hibbitts, Bobby Lee, Sr 2014

Hill, Jerry 1939-2012

Hogg, George M. 2014

Hogge, H. Stanley 2015

Hogge, Jane M. 2012

Holloway, Melvin Lee 2013

Holloway, Paul F. 2013

Hooker, Ray W. 1906-2013

Hoover, Herbert Henry 1912 - 1952

Houbolt, John C. * 1919-2014

Howell, William E. 2015

Hubbard, Harvey H. 1922-2012

Huffman, John R. 2015

Hudson, Charles M. 2013

Hughes, Helen W. 2015

Hunt, William H. 1940-2016

Hunter, William W. Jr. 1930-2013

Hunnicutt, Simeon R. 2014

[top] J

Jacobs, Eastman * 1902-1987

Johns, Harry Eugene 1920-2013

Johnson, Caldwell 1919-2013

Johnson, Helen K. 1906-2002

Johnson, Joseph L. 1922-2014

Jones, Jim 1927-2011

Jones, Paul 2015

Jones, Robert T. * 1019-1999

Joyner, Kitty O.B. 1916-1993

George Michael Jurscaga 1939-2015

[top] K

Kabana, Walter 1923-2012

Katzoff, Sam * 1909-2010

Kariya, Timmy 2012

Keating, Jean C. 1938-2013

Kelley, Wendel W. 1981

Kemp, William B. 2001

Keeter, Frances D. 2015

Kivett, William R. 1928-2012

Kuhn, Richard E. 1923-2010

[top] L

Landrum, Amy M. 1925-2013

Lanford, Wade E. 2009

Lass, Alvin P. 1918-2013

Layman, Richard T. 1938-2006

Lee, Edwin E. 1930-2015

Libbey, Charles E. 1929-2014

Lightner, E. Burton 2015

Lilly, Howard Clifton 1948

Lina, Linsay J.

Loftin, Laurence K. 1919-2003

Long, Moses L. 1924-2016

Love, Eugene S. * 1920-2001

Lovell, Ronnie S. 1941-2012

Loving, Donald L. 2011

[top] M

Maddrea, Betty C. 2014

Maddrea, George L. Jr. 2013

Marple, Charles G. 2012

Martin, Evelyn 1924-2014

Martin, James S., Jr. 1920-2002

Massenberg, Samuel E. 1927-2014

Mattson, Ann M. 2011

Mattson, Axel T. 1916-1995

Maxwell, Thomas B. 1954

Maynard, Virginia C. 2014

McAdoo, James A. 1967-2013

McKinney, Linwood W. 2010

McMath, Colin R. 2015

McRae, Mary V. 2014

Meintel, Alfred J., Jr. 2014

Meisel-Pike, Leah M. 1955-2014

Mesic, Mary J. 1923-2016

Meyer, John 2013

Miller, James B. 2013

Morris, Catherine M. 2012

Morris, Garland J. 2015

Morris, Odell A. 2014

Munk, Max M. * 1890-1986

Murphy, Sis. Mary Ellen 2015

Murrow, Harold N. 1929-2013

[top] N

Narron, Ollie M. 1931 - 2013

Nelson, Deborah L. 1951 - 2013

Newcomb, John F. 1939-2016

Noll, Thomas Edwin 1944-2014

[top] O

Outland, Priscilla B. 1940-2012

[top] P

Pao, S. Paul 1940-2013

Pardue, Geraldine 1939-1998

Pardue, Ronald Lee 2013

Parker, Clarence J. 1911-1961

Parker, Henry G. 1929-2016

Parker, Juanita D. 2014

Parker, Maurice H. 1931-2016

Parks, James H. 1919-2014

Parlett, Lysle P. 2004

Patton, James M. 1927-2014

Patterson, Claude 1927-2010

Pauls, Sidney F. 2014

Paulson, John W. 1999

Pelesz, Lillian Topping 2014

Pendleton, Annie Laurie Moore 2013

Penland, Jim 1924-2010

Person, Lee 1932-2012

Phillips, William Hewitt * 1918-2009

Polhamus, Edward C. 2001

Porter, Betty Lou 2013

Post, James 2016

Purser, Paul E. 2003

[top] R

Ramsey, Ira W. Jr. 1923-2007

Raney, John P. 1931-2014

Rawles, Paula R. 2014

Reeder, John "Jack" * 1915-1995

Reid, Henry J.E. * 1895-1968

Reid, Henry J.E. Jr. 1927-2015

Robinson, Howard "Lou" 2014

Rogallo, Francis M. 1912-2009

Rogers, Joy Syrles 1928-2014

[top] S

Sain, Grace C. 2014

Salley, George C. 1933 - 2012

Saunders, Marvin W. 1993

Scallion, William I. 1924 - 2013

Schade, Robert 2002

Schlichenmayer, Benjamin J. 2014

Schoonover, Ward E. 2013

Schrum, Charles T. 1919-2012

Scott, Charles E. 2014

Sellers, William Lawton, III 1947-2016

Shinn, Donnie K. 1944-2015

Smith, Charles C. 1921-2011

Smith, Elmer F. 2015

Smith, Michael 1957-2016

Smith, Ronald 1933-2014

Spady, Amos A., Jr. 1933-2011

Sparrar, James W. 1923-2016

Spearman, M. Leroy 1921-2015

Stack, John * 1972

Stahl, Earl 1918-2012

Stein, Bland A. 1935-2015

Steiner, Margaret F. 1918-2001

Stephens, Otis V. 1920-2014

Stroud, W. Jefferson 2015

[top] T

Taub, William Paul 2010

Taylor, Robert Theodore

Theodorsen, Theodore * 1897-1978

Thompson, Floyd L. 1898-1976

Thompson, John D. 2012

Tilghman, Joseph R. 2014

Trimpi, Robert L.

Trombley, George Joseph 2014

Trout, Otto F. 1921-1974

Tucker, Raymond E. 1946-2017

[top] V

Verget, Charles S. 1920-2012

[top] W

Wainwright, John Wesley 1936-2013

Watkins, Henry P. 2014

Watson, William I. Jr. 2013

Waynick, Arthur F. Sr. 1298-2016

Weick, Fred * 1899-1993

Wesdock, John "Jack" 1968-2017

Whitcomb, Richard * 1921-2009

Whitley, Charles 1944-2011

Wilder, Sue E. 2009

Williams, Boyd L. Jr. 2015

Wiley, William R. 1937-2014

Wilem, Richard T. 1926-2014

Willey, Helen H. 2001

Williams, C. Wayne 1928-2014

Williams, Solomon 2014

Wise Marion 'Jim' 2014

Wolff, Elmer J. 1919-2012

Wood, Clotaire 2013

Wright, Felicia Marianne 2012

[top] Y

Young, Pearl I. * 1968

[top] Z

Zimmerman, Charles H. 1908-1996

Zitzelberger, James A. 1925 - 2012

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