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Calvin "Cal" Fowler, who was the test conductor for General Dynamics at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14 from 1955 through 1965, died on June 21, 2013.

Fowler wrote about his own experiences as part of an online profile.

My first job out of college was to design and operate the autopilot launch control equipment used in launching the Atlas missile from Cape Canaveral, FL. I was promoted to Chief of Activation Engineering in Cheyenne, Wyoming to install and turnover to the U.S. Air Force 18 Atlas missile sites.

The most exciting assignment at General Dynamics was the Mercury Atlas Test Conductor for the launch of Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.

Fowler then served as the base manager for General Electric support services at Kennedy Space Center from January 1970 until the end of Apollo in 1975. From 1982 through 1993, he continued working at Kennedy Space Center as a project manager for McDonnell Douglas.

Prior to his passing, Fowler served as the academic dean and an adjunct professor at the Space Coast campus of Webster University.

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For a time (and others will know the dates) Cal also served as the head of the US Space Walk of Fame Foundation in Titusville.

He will be missed.

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I had the honor of meeting him at the SWOF, a true gentleman, and humble giant. RIP.

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I asked my friend Terry "missile man" Terhune who worked on the Atlas if he knew Calvin. His response "yes, I knew him. Both Grads of U of Wis. both started at Cape on atlas for USAF., former NASA Atlas" Terry and his wife Barbara were over tonight for wine, cheese, and more and it was a great evening listening to stories about the old days at NASA. Thus this night is dedicated to Calvin!

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I was just sorting through some old e-mails, when I came across a misfiled message from Nov. 1, 2012, that went completely unnoticed when it was received.

It was from Cal Fowler.

I don't know what inspired him to write, and his e-mail doesn't make a specific request, but I regret not having the chance to reply to him. Here is what he wrote:

I am one of the retired space program workers. My biggest claim to fame was I was responsible for the Mercury Atlas launch team that put Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper in orbit during the Mercury Program. Without the launch teams Astronauts would have never gotten into space by themselves.

I admit the Astronauts put their lives at risk when they climb aboard a rocket for their ride into space. Just think of the pressure on the launch team. If something goes wrong and the astronaut gets injured or killed. The launch team will live with that on their minds forever and will probably be called dunces for having participated in the astronauts death.

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