connies4ever
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Passing Of Joseph Gavin

Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:58 am

A sad day:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/nov/21/joseph-gavin-obituary

The passing of a very unassuming man but one who was very influential in the history and development of American spaceflight. From what I have read in the past, someone who was quite content to be in the background, but who really loved to solve problems "out on the edge".
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RE: Passing Of Joseph Gavin

Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:31 pm

Joe is one of the true and unsung heros of the American Space Program of the 1960s to the 1980s. IIRC, he was also a USN fighter pilot during WWII and was credited with 4 kills.
 
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RE: Passing Of Joseph Gavin

Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:01 pm

My stepfather was an engineer for Grumman back in the day and said this about Joseph Gavin:

I was in a large meeting with Joe Gavin once. It is easy to admire him. Excellent engineer plus a good manager. Any one, down to a janitor could see him with a personal or work related problem. He helped my neighbor who worked in the shop with a personal problem. The astronaut on the Apollo 13 mission who was so sick he barely survived came to work for Grumman. I am embarrassed that I can not remember his name. You would know him. Anyway Joe and Grumman saved their lives as he would thankfully remind us.
 
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RE: Passing Of Joseph Gavin

Wed Nov 24, 2010 12:40 am

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 2):
I was in a large meeting with Joe Gavin once. It is easy to admire him. Excellent engineer plus a good manager. Any one, down to a janitor could see him with a personal or work related problem. He helped my neighbor who worked in the shop with a personal problem. The astronaut on the Apollo 13 mission who was so sick he barely survived came to work for Grumman. I am embarrassed that I can not remember his name. You would know him. Anyway Joe and Grumman saved their lives as he would thankfully remind us.

Fred Haise IIRC. Kidney infection, I believe.
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RE: Passing Of Joseph Gavin

Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:10 am

Rest in Peace Joe, thanks for getting us to the Moon.

We'll see you on the other side.

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