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    AIAA Mourns the Death of Dale D. Myers
    AIAA Honorary Fellow and Former Deputy Administrator of NASA

    August 5, 2015 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) mourns the death of Dale D. Myers, AIAA Honorary Fellow, and former NASA deputy administrator, on May 19, 2015. He was 93 years old.

    “Dale Myers’ contributions to the American space program were invaluable to the success of the Apollo missions and the revitalization of the space shuttle program in the wake of the Challenger disaster,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “He was dedicated to the idea that humans could set foot on the moon, and were capable of going further. We mourn his loss, but honor him for his tireless efforts to ensure that America’s space program is a sound and vital part of our nation’s tapestry.”

    Myers entered the aerospace profession in 1943, serving as the aerodynamicist to the deputy director of the aerophysics department at North American Aviation. In 1957, still at North American Aviation, he became vice president and program manager of the Hound Dog air-launched missile program.

    In 1964, while with North American Rockwell Downey, Myers became vice president and program manager for the Apollo project’s command and service modules. During his time on the Apollo project, Myers played key roles in convincing officials that the Apollo 8 mission, the first to orbit the moon, could succeed; in making sure that the Apollo 11 mission performed flawlessly; and in ensuring the safe return of the damaged Apollo 13 mission to Earth. NASA named Myers its associate administrator for manned spaceflight in 1970, where he oversaw the remaining Apollo missions, the Skylab program, the Apollo-Soyuz missions, and the development of the space shuttle.

    Myers left NASA in 1974 to become vice president, Rockwell International and president, North American Aircraft Group. From 1977 to 1979, he served as under secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and later served as president of Jacobs Engineering from 1979 to 1984, leaving to found Dale Myers and Associates.

    Myers returned to NASA in 1986 as its deputy administrator, where he was responsible for leading the investigation of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and reviving the space shuttle program. He served in that capacity until 1989.

    Myers testified before Congress in 2003, advocating a return to an Apollo program configuration for NASA’s next-generation spacecraft, with a rocket and capsule, rather than a reusable design like that of the space shuttle.

    Myers was very active in AIAA’s San Diego, California, section, receiving the section’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. His last public address was at a San Diego section meeting held in conjunction with the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference (now known as the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum) in San Diego.


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