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Alfred Merrill Worden

astronaut , research company executive

Alfred Merrill Worden, American former astronaut, research company executive. Inducted into Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame, 1990. Board directors Boys' Clubs American, Palm Beach County, Salvation Army. Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society Experimental Pilots, American Astronomical Society, Explorers Club, Circumnavigators Club.

Background

Worden, Alfred Merrill was born on February 7, 1932 in Jackson, Michigan, United States. Son of Merrill Bangs and Helen Crowell) Worden.

Education

Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1955. Master of Science in aeronautics, Astronautical and Instrumentation Engineering, University Michigan, 1963. Doctor of Science in Astronautical Engineering, University Michigan, 1972.

Career

Commissioned 2nd lieutenant United States Air Force, 1955, advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel, 1971. Stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, 1956-1961, University Michigan, 1961-1963, Farnborough, England. With Royal Air Force, 1963-1965.

Instructor Aerospace Research Pilots School, Edwards Air Force Base, California, 1965-1966. Astronaut Manned Spacecraft Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, 1966-1972. Command module pilot Apollo XV, 1971.

Senior aerospace engineer, test pilot, director systems studies division Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, 1972-1975, retired, 1975. Vice president High Flight Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 1975. President MW Aerospace, Inc., since 1985, Jet Electronics and Technology, Inc., 1990-1993.

Staff vice president BF Goodrich Aerospace, Brecksville, Ohio, since 1993.

Works

  • Author: poetry Hello Earth-Greetings from Endeavour, 1974. Children's book A Flight to the Moon, 1974.

Membership

Board directors Boys' Clubs American, Palm Beach County, Salvation Army. Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society Experimental Pilots, American Astronomical Society, Explorers Club, Circumnavigators Club.

Connections

Married Jill Lee Hotchkiss, July 9, 1982. Children: Merrill Ellen, Alison Pamela, Tamara Lynn.