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Robert Pearlman
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Dryden, Kennedy Director Lee Scherer (1919-2011)
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of our former KSC Director, Lee Scherer. Lee died early Saturday morning in his California home with his wife Sheryn by his side. — Robert Cabana, Kennedy Space Center Director

Lee R. Scherer was director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center from Jan. 19, 1975 to Sept. 2, 1979.

Prior to his appointment as Kennedy Space Center director, Scherer was director of NASA's Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, responsible for the conduct of advanced aeronautical flight research.

A 1942 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a bachelor of science degree in Naval Science, Scherer's operational experience in the Navy included assignments as a fighter pilot operating from various aircraft carriers. Prior to entering the Naval Academy, he attended the University of Kentucky.

He was awarded a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1949, and a professional degree (aeronautical engineer) from the California Institute of Technology in 1950. He was awarded a doctorate degree in engineering science from the University of Central Florida in 1979.

From 1950 to 1953, he was flying qualities project officer for the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, responsible for establishing stability and control specifications for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, and for approval of flight tests to meet these objectives prior to acceptance by the Navy.

From 1953 to 1956, he held several assignments, both in Washington, D.C., and on the staff of commander, Fleet Air Hawaii.

He was special assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy for research and development from 1956 through 1959, the period when Vanguard, Polaris, and ballistic missile nuclear submarines were developed.

He served as technical assistant to the team responsible for the establishment of the Anti- Submarine Warfare Research Center for NATO in La Spezia, Italy from 1959 to 1962. In 1962 he was head of the Aircraft Production Branch, responsible for planning, management and cost control in production of new Navy aircraft.

In 1962, on assignment from the Navy to NASA Headquarters, he was program manager for Lunar Orbiter, unmanned spacecraft that photographed the Moon from low lunar orbit to provide data for the selection of Apollo landing sites. All five spacecraft performed their missions successfully. He retired from the Navy with the rank of captain in 1964, following 25 years of service, and remained in NASA as director of lunar programs for the Office of Space Sciences.

From 1967 to 1971, Scherer was director of the Apollo Lunar Exploration Office, responsible for scientific aspects of lunar exploration. He held this position during the first five lunar missions.

Scherer received NASA's Exceptional Service Award in 1967, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award in 1969, and the NASA Distinguished Service Award in 1974. He received the 1976-77 General Lewis H. Brereton Award, presented annually by the Air Force Association (Florida) to the Florida civilian making the greatest contribution to aerospace during the year.

Scherer directed the center during the Apollo Soyuz Test Project - a joint manned space venture with the Soviet Union in 1975 - and the early buildup for the Space Shuttle program. Scherer left KSC on Sept. 2, 1979 to assume the post of associate administrator for external relations at NASA Headquarters.

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I was only looking at a photo of Lee last night while proof-reading for my book on the selection of the Mercury 7 astronauts. He was a good friend of one of the Mercury finalists, Dale Cox, and had sent me some nice material for the book. He seemed like a really nice guy. Vale Lee Scherer.

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I might've missed it in his bio, but he was also the first to land an aircraft at KSC too.

Great guy. 91. God Bless.

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Here at the San Diego Air & Space Museum we are saddened to hear of the loss of Lee. He was here quite a lot in 2009, including when we did a two-hour oral history with him (conducted by collectSPACE's own Jim Busby). Here is an extract where he gives a humorous account of being given the Lunar Orbiter program to run in the hurried days of the Space Race with the Soviets to the moon.

You'd never have guessed this spry and sharp guy was 90 years old at the time. Lee Scherer was a fascinating guy with a lot of great stories about the many, varied programs he was involved in. He'll be missed.

Here is a photo I took at the museum's "Race To the Moon" event in September 2009, with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden:

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It is with great sadness that I see that this great man has passed. Lee had to face a shrinking program as director of both centers.

I felt honored that I was able to get to meet and interview Lee in his later days.

Clear Skies, Lee!

J.M. Busby

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As a tribute to Lee Scherer, I want to share the above cover which commemorates the first landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility on May 21, 1976 piloted by KSC Director, Lee Scherer.

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John Macco
Space Unit #1457

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May God Bless his family during this difficult time.

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Thanks for helping get us to the Moon!

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