Paul F. Holloway

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Since joining NASA at Langley, Holloway saw his career advance steadily. He worked primarily on the space side of the research center and contributed directly to the development of the space shuttle.

In addition, Holloway represented Langley on numerous space station, shuttle and space transportation committees and boards and served three high-level tours of duty at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Holloway specialized in hypersonic aerodynamics, boundary layer transition and flow separation, analysis of entry flight mechanics and Earth orbital and planetary space missions. He has written 42 technical publications in his fields of expertise.

Holloway began his NASA career at Langley in June 1960 as an aerospace research engineer. He was appointed head of the Systems Analysis Section, Aero-Physics Division, in 1969; head of the Aerospace Operations Analysis Branch, Space Systems Division, in 1971; and chief of the Space Systems Division in 1972. In May 1975, Holloway became director for space.

In February 1985, he was named deputy director of Langley. Holloway was named center director in October 1991 and was the sixth since Langley was founded in 1917 as the nation's first civilian aeronautical research laboratory. Langley had about 4,500 civil service and contractor employees and a $633.8-million fiscal 1996 budget. He stepped down as Center Director in November 1996.

Holloway earned numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal, the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Service, and two Senior Executive Service Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards.

He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society, and was a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Ne was inducted into the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Academy og Engineering and Excellence (see article)

Holloway was behind killing the despised "worm" logo of NASA in 1992. Officially known as the NASA Logotype Insignia, it had been the space agency`s official logo since 1975. The meatball, called the NASA Insignia, was worn by astronauts on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Agency Director Goldin flew into LaRC on a Thursday and a passenger on his plane looked at the worm logo on a Langley hangar. and asked``Why in the world do we have that awful logo?`` Soon after Goldin got off the plane, Langley Director Paul Holloway made a suggestion. ``You know how to lift the morale of NASA?`` Holloway asked the boss. ``You can do it by changing the worm.`` By Friday morning the worm was out, and the meatball was back. The switch started a scramble to find the old logo. Goldin wore a meatball lapel pin that he borrowed. At his speech to employees, the meatball logo was attached to the lectern. (see Daily Press article)

Holloway graduated from Poquoson High School in Virginia in 1956 as salutatorian and has a bachelor of science degree and honors in aeronautical engineering from The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He also pursued some graduate study in physics at the College of William and Mary.

Paul Holloway passed away September 15, 2013.


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June 6, 1986


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High Profile:Paul Holloway

Rep. Robert C. Scott on retirement

Congressional Record on retirement

[top] Papers and Reports

The Shuttle Tile Story. Paul A. Cooper and Paul F. Holloway. Astronauts and Aeronautics.

On-Orbit Velocity Requirements for Earth-Orbital Missions. E. Brian Pritchard and Paul F. Holloway. 1969. LWP-820.

Analysis of Forward Mounted Rotors on Apollo-Type Vehicles at Entry. George Ashby, Jr., and Paul F. Holloway. 1970. LWP-925.


[top] Obituary

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POQUOSON - Paul Fay Holloway, 75, a native of the Messick area of Poquoson, & lifelong resident of the city, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Poquoson.

Paul was a quiet and humble, kind and caring man, who loved the water, animals, and Poquoson. He and his late wife Barbara were instrumental in establishing the charitable organization, Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary (P.A.W.S.), that is devoted to the rescue and domestication of feral cats. Paul donated his childhood homeplace to P.A.W.S. for their use as a domicile for these cats.

After graduation from Va. Tech, Paul joined the staff of NASA Langley Research Center as an aeronautical engineer conducting research into hypersonic flight. From this start as a researcher, Paul had a distinguished career with significant technical and management contributions retiring as the Director of Langley Research Center in 2002. In recognition for his many contributions to the national aerospace effort, Paul was an active participant in this community of experts and was the recipient of many peer awards. He was a Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and National Editor of the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. One of Paul's more significant accomplishments was his leadership of the national team that certified the Space Shuttle thermal protection system prior to the first flight.

Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Barbara; parents, Minnie & Chum Holloway; and son, Paul M. Holloway. He is survived by his son, Eric Holloway & wife, Bonnie of Gloucester; granddaughter, Jennifer Jones of Dandy; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday, 2:00-3:00 PM, at Trinity United Methodist Church, immediately followed by a funeral service in the church at 3:00 PM by Rev. Milford C. Rollins. Burial will follow at Weston Cemetery, Poquoson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to P.A.W.S., P. O. Box 2204, Poquoson, VA, 23662.

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