Memorial Fund Established for Aggie Space Pioneer

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

A memorial fund has been established at Texas A&M in memory of an Aggie pioneer of the space shuttle program.

Aaron Cohen, 79, died February 25 in College Station after a long battle with cancer. He was laid to rest March 1 in San Antonio. Memorial gifts can be made to the Aaron Cohen Engineering Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M. Cohen retired from NASA in 1993 to teach at Texas A&M, his alma mater.

Cohen joined NASA in 1962 and served in key leadership roles critical to the success of the flights and lunar landings of the Apollo Program. From 1969 to 1972, Cohen was the manager for the Apollo Command and Service Modules. He oversaw the design, development, production and test flights of the space shuttles as manager of NASA's Space Shuttle Orbiter Project Office from 1972 to 1982. After serving as Director of Engineering at Johnson for several years, he was named director of the center in 1986, serving in that post until 1993.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says Cohen was one of his mentors and provided important leadership in helping NASA recover from the Challenger disaster.

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