Ed Campion
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
August 17, 2000

281/483-5111

JSC RELEASE: J00-49

STATEMENT BY JOHNSON SPACE CENTER DIRECTOR GEORGE W.S. ABBEY MARKING THE DEATH OF DR. ROBERT R. GILRUTH

The following is a statement by JSC Center Director George W.S. Abbey regarding Dr. Robert Rowe Gilruth, a pioneer in U.S. aviation and space flight who died earlier today in Charlottesville, Virginia after a lengthy illness. Dr. Gilruth was 86.

"Robert Gilruth was a true pioneer in every sense of the word and the father of human space flight. His vision, energy and dedication helped define the American space program. His leadership turned the fledgling Manned Spacecraft Center into what it is today, the leader in humanity's exploration of outer space. He will be greatly missed."

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