Archive for Saturday, March 3, 2001

Harry Johnson

March 3, 2001


Fairfax, Va. Memorial services for Harry W. Johnson, 76, Fairfax., were Feb. 20 at Fairfax Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Johnson died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., of complications following spinal surgery.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Liberty Memorial High School, Lawrence, Kan., in 1942, and earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Kansas University.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and taught applied mechanics at KU until he moved to Cleveland in 1951. He then conducted research on supersonic propulsion at a National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics laboratory.

He was a researcher at a propulsion laboratory in Los Angeles during the mid-1950s, where he led a team that designed and developed the descent engine for the lunar excursion module.

Mr. Johnson joined NASA's Aeropulsion Division in 1971 and was named to the government's Senior Executive Service in 1979. He also briefly served as a NASA liaison to the Department of Defense.

While at KU, he was president of Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society and a member of Sigma Xi scientific research society. He was a member of Fairfax Presbyterian Church.

He married Janice Oehrle on Sept. 12, 1948, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Anne Johnson, Berkeley, Calif., and Laurel Larsen, Gig Harbor, Wash.; a son, Eric O., Fairfax; a brother, George L., Fort Wayne, Ind.; and five grandchildren.

Everly Funeral Home, Fairfax, was in charge of arrangements.

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