|Joseph Peter Kerwin
Born February 19,
1932, in Oak Park, Illinois.
Married Shirley Ann
Children 3 daughters
Graduated from Fenwick High
School, Oak Park, in 1949.
Bachelor of Arts in
Philosophy College of the Holy Cross, 1953
Doctor of Medicine Northwestern
University Medical School, 1957
Internship District of Columbia General
Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Attended the U.S. Navy School
of Aviation Medicine at Pensacola, Florida.
Commissed a Captain in the Navy Medical Corps in
Designated a naval flight surgeon in the U.S.
Navy in December 1958.
Earned his wings at Beeville,
Texas, in 1962.
Selected as a
scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965.
Science-pilot for the Skylab
II mission, May 25 to
June 22, 1973.
In charge of the on-orbit
branch of the Astronaut Office, where he
coordinated astronaut activity involving
rendezvous, satellite deployment and retrieval,
and other Space Shuttle payload operations.
Senior science representative
in Australia for NASA, 1982-1983, wherein he
served as liaison between NASA's Office of Space
Tracking and Data Systems and Australia's
Department of Science and Technology.
Director, Space and Life
Sciences, Johnson Space Center, 1984-1987. Was
responsible for direction and coordination of
medical support to operational manned spacecraft
programs, including health care and maintenance
of the astronauts and their families.
Retired from the Navy and left
NASA in 1987; joined Lockheed.
Extravehicular Systems Project, providing
hardware for Space Station Freedom, 1988-1990.
With two other Lockheed
employees, invented the Simplified Aid for EVA
Rescue (SAFER), tested for use by space-walking
astronauts on the International Space Station.
Served on the Assured Crew
Return Vehicle team.
Served as Study Manager on the
Human Transportation Study, a NASA review of
future space transportation architectures.
Led the Houston liaison group
for Lockheed Martin's FGB contract, the
procurement of the Russian "space tug"
element of the International Space Station,
Joined Systems Research
Laboratories in June 1996 to serve as Program
Manager of the team which bid to win the Medical
Support and Integration Contract at the Johnson
Space Center. Was then hired as President of KRUG
Life Sciences, the company which beat out Systems
Research Laboratories for the contract, in April
fellow, Aerospace Medical
member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
member of the Board of Directors, National Space
Biomedical Research Institute
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