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The Associated Press reports that Joseph Gavin, 90, who led Grumman's Apollo Lunar Module program, died Sunday. Northrop-Grumman vice president Patricia McMahon says Gavin "championed the need to continue humankind's exploration of space until the end of his life."

A brief biography prepared by his alma mater, MIT:

A lifelong engineer and officer at the Grumman Corporation, Joseph Gavin, Jr. directed the development of the lunar module used in the Apollo program. The module, or lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft, would play a role in saving the lives of three Apollo 13 astronauts after an oxygen tank in the service module exploded. The astronauts used the lunar module, built by Gavin's team at Grumman Aircraft Engineering, as a refuge during a return to Earth and a safe splashdown. Gavin later served the parent company, Grumman Corp., as president, chief operating officer, and director, retiring in 1985.

Gavin earned his master’s degree in 1942 in aerospace from MIT. He served as an officer in the Naval Reserve, working with the Bureau of Aeronautics until 1946.

Gavin is a recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Medal, member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Congressman George Miller, left, examines a 1:8 lunar module shown by Grumman officials Joseph Gavin and Robert Mullaney.
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I had the great pleasure of meeting him last year. He was a fine man and will be missed.

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...an 'unsung hero' of the Apollo program, like many who worked behind the scenes.

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I just watched the 'Spider' episode of 'From the Earth to the Moon' the day before yesterday and the work these Grumman guys put into designing and building the amazing machines that were the Apollo Lunar Module's is quite astounding.

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I just watched the 'Spider' episode of 'From the Earth to the Moon'
Best episode of the series in my opinion. And, of course, deepest condolences to Mr. Gavin's family and friends.

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As good as "Spider" was, Tom Kelly's book about the lunar module development was much better and you actually get some insight into Joe Gavin as he wasn't even mentioned in the episode except for a phone call in the beginning.

He will be missed.

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