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[b]Former Center Director Aaron Cohen to be Honored[/b]
Aaron Cohen's long career and lasting legacy will be honored on Friday at 11:15 a.m. CDT. A tree will be planted in Cohen's memory in the memorial grove, and the Child Care Center will be renamed the "Aaron Cohen Child Care Center" in his honor.
During his more than 33 years of distinguished government service, Cohen brought technical excellence, integrity, dedication and leadership to JSC and NASA. In 1962, Cohen came to NASA and served in key leadership roles in the Apollo programs where his efforts were critical to the successes of all six U. S. lunar landings. Subsequently, he served as the manager for the space shuttle orbiter, directing the design, development, production and initial flight testing of the orbiter.
After the successful completion of the Space Shuttle orbital flight tests, Cohen was made responsible for all engineering and research at JSC until his selection as center director in 1986. In early 1992, he served as the agency's acting deputy administrator, returning to JSC in March 1993 as center director. Upon retiring in August 1993, Cohen happily joined his alma mater, Texas A&M University, as the Zachry Professor of Engineering.
Cohen was a leader in the space industry for more than three decades contributing to scientific and programmatic experience that remains unparalleled today.
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