Michoud To The Moon
Aitken, Tiny Cecile, Secretary. Born December 27, 1937 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Tiny joined the program in 1963 as Secretary in the Engineering Organization, In 1966 she accepted a position in the Program Executive's Office. Transferred to Houston on the Apollo TIE Program, she accepted the position of Secretary to the Houston Manager. As a member of the National Secretaries Association, Tiny introduced this association to many Boeing-Houston secretaries, which aided in making the Houston operation more efficient. In 1969, Southeast Division Headquarters were established in Houston, and she accepted the position of Secretary to the General Manager. Albersradt, Jr., Milton Louis, Southeast Public Relations Representative. Born July 29, 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Alberstadt joined The Boeing Company on May 17, 1965 as a Technical Writer in the Audio Visual Organization in New Orleans. In March 1966, he transferred to the Public Relations Staff as Editor of the internal organ, the THRUST. He assumed the responsibility for the Michoud Public Relations function in March 1968. In this position he cooperated with numerous members of the news media representing countries from around the world in ensuring that they were given as much of the Apollo story as was within his responsibility. He cooperated with national and local television and radio stations in arranging bioadcasts and interviews associated with Boeing Michoud and its employees. Milt's ability to work with members of the press added significantly to Boeing Michoud's image with the general public. He wrote many booklets concerning the assembly and testing of (lie Saturn first stage. He contributed to the Saturn V News Reference Book which was given to members of the various news medil around the world. Milt also wrote a history of the Michoud Assembly Facility, parts of which appear in this volume. Burns, John Vincent, Organization and Compensation Administrator. Born March 7, 1932 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania. In 1967, John transferred to Houston on the Apollo TIE Program as Houston Organization and Compensation Analyst. Following the letter of intent contract, John assisted in the organizational compensation planning activity to support build-up of the Houston Operating Arm. He was directly responsible for the establishment of a Houston Compensation Program that enabled an easy transition from start-up to a polished organizational posture. His performance and devotion as an individual contributor was outstanding. In 1969, he was promoted to the position of Organization and Compensation Administrator for the Southeast Division. Dunigan, Robert Calvin,  Manager, Michoud. Born September 12, 1915 in Blue Springs, Missouri. Bob was a key member of the original Boeing Saturn S IC Team, directing the preparation of the overall system test plan for the proposal. After contract award to Boeing by NASA, he was a member of the initial team relocated from Seattle to Huntsville to initiate Boeing support of MSFC on the Apollo Program. When the Michoud plant was activated, Mr. Dunigan came to New Orleans to establish the office of SIC Program Executive, a vital function for assurance of integration of the efforts of all functional organizations in the thorough and timely prosecution of Boeing's responsibilities in the program. His energy, capability and dedication inspired confidence and were a source of strength to his colleagues. Bob became Deputy Manager, Michoud, in 1968. In this capacity, his broad experience made additional contributions to the ultimate success of the Apollo Program.   Gasser, Paul E.,  Program Planning Supervisor. Born October 20, 1935 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Gasser joined the S 1C Program in April 1963 at Michoud. He began working in the Operations Organization where he helped establish the design and process criteria for the major chemical cleaning facility in the factory. Late in June 1963, Mr. Gasser was placed on special assignment to the Manufacturing Manager to help develop the S-1C Mock up Program. Upon successful completion of this program he was assigned as Facility Coordination Chief for the Manufacturing Organization. He held this position during the critical factory activation period. As the program entered the production phase Paul was assigned as Technical Assistant to the Factory Manager. In this capacity he was instrumental in insuring the on-schedule completion of the initial assemblies that were shipped to MSFC to build the S-1C-T. In November 1964 Mr. Gasser was assigned as Reliability and Process Chief for the Containers Manufacturing Organization. In responsible for the preparation of the quarterly S-1C Program Reviews. Griswold, John Welles, Reliability Supervisor. Born November 6, 1924 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John's contributions were significant in the establishment of the Quality Assurance and Reliability Program for the S IC stage. His subsequent assignments placed him in a functional executive management position where he was responsible for satisfactory execution of Boeing activities on the Apollo/Saturn V Program. High reliability of the S IC stage and the performance of the Apollo/Saturn V, attests to John's outstanding contributions to the Apollo/Saturn V Program. Gunning, Harvey Dade, Michoud Manager. Born September 15, 1913 in Jackson, Mississippi. Harvey joined the Apollo Program as Michoud Manager in June 1967. He brought to the program 27 years of varied experience with The Boeing Company, including wind tunnel operations, test planning on missile systems, and management of space glider programs. As Michoud Manager, he was responsible for providing executive direction and administration of the overall functions of the Michoud organizations. Within this scope he was responsible for directing Boeing's activities at the Michoud Assembly Facility and Mississippi Test Operations which included design, manufacture and test of the Saturn S IC boosters. Throughout his tenure, he maintained continuous visibility of the responsible organizations' performance against cost, schedules, and performance goals. Even though the Apollo Program had advanced to its latter phase of design and production by the time Harvey came to Michoud, he was a most enthusiastic Manager. He assumed the responsibility of ensuring that the S IC performed flawlessly, for only then could the mission of placing men on the moon and returning them safely to earth, be accomplished. He had a sense for detecting variances from previously laid plans and was most effective in applying timely and appropriate corrective action. He covered all eventualities and had an unusual ability to separate the important from the unimportant. Harvey's pleasing mannerisms would cause one to feel, upon a first meeting, that he had known Harvey for years. He stimulated a congenial working environment within Boeing/Michoud. Harris, Clarence William, S-IC Operations Manager. Born December 18, 1911 in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Clare joined the Saturn Program in February, 1964, as the Assistant S-IC Operations Manager. He was responsible for assisting the S-IC Operations Manager in the direction of the planning, scheduling, procurement, development, fabrication, assembly, subsystems checkout, and quality and reliability assurance of the S-IC stages and stage-related ground support equipment at all geographical locations. His ability and success as Assistant S-IC Operations Manager led to his promotion to S-IC Operations Manager in September, 1966. Clare's management ability and dedication to the Saturn Program created an environment that consistently delivered quality hardware on schedule and below estimated costs. His personal effort towards motivating employees was instrumental in developing an outstanding team spirit as evidenced by his organization's ability to react spontaneously and effectively to critical program requirements. Jendrick, Florian Alexander, Deputy Branch Manager, born February 26,l 1921 joined the Saturn V Team in October 1964 as Deputy Launch Systems Branch Manager for Business Management. His duties were to assist in the management of all Branch business activities, including Finance, Contracts, Facilities, Industrial Relations, and Program Planning and Reporting. Landry, Mary Ann, Industrial Engineer. Born October 22, 1936 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mary Ann was initially assigned to the Configuration Management Office. Subsequently she was transferred to the Configuration Accounting Group where she was responsible for the preparation of the stage portion of the S IC Configuration Report. Larson, Gene Burton, Branch Planning and Reporting Manager. Born May 11, 1915 in Friday Harbor, Washington. Mr. Larson was one of the select group of managers chosen for the Boeing S IC proposal team in late 1961. These managers had been chosen for their experience, knowledge, and abilities to accomplish difficult assignments. Mr. Larson, in his capacity as S IC Program Planning and Control Manager, was one of the key policy-making Managers on the program. He developed an organization that established the program functions of program planning, control, reporting and presentations, task analysis, and business systems development. In the development of this organization, he obtained high standards of performance through rigid mental discipline and through considerable personal dedication and sacrifice. With the formation of the Launch Systems Branch, Mr. Larson became Branch Planning and Reporting Manager. In this position, he continued to provide the same high level of contribution to the overall management of Boeing's portion of the Apollo/Saturn V Program. Larson, Lavergne Marie,  Secretary. Born February 2, 1930 in Lockport, Illinois. During her role as Executive Secretary to the Boeing Michoud Manager, she exercised extreme competent, mature judgment in the diligent performance of her administrative duties. She was a very stable individual with an ever- pleasant outlook in the face of often unfamiliar and pressure-filled situations. This same attitude prevailed during her previous assignments. She received commendations for her assistance, while on loan, to the Washington TIE Manager in setting up their offices, handling many alien details with common sense and efficiency. While serving the S IC Chief Engineer she was commended for her ability to assume and divert much of the detailed administrative load so her boss could devote more of his time to critical program matters. From Clerk to Executive Secretary she gained many friends and proved to be a most devoted and loyal employee. Mc Clellan, Harold James, General Manager, Southeast Division. Born May 6, 1924 in Kellogg, Idaho. Mr. McClellan joined the Apollo Program in late 1961 and played a major role in preparing The Boeing Company's proposal to build the first stage of the Saturn V vehicle. He led the Company's initial Engineering Technical Staff to Huntsville, Alabama, in early 1962. He moved to New Orleans in October, 1962, where he directed the activities of the S-1C Stage Engineering Technology Staff for the next three years. In August 1965, he was appointed Manager, Huntsville Engineering, having been responsible for the Apollo/Saturn V project and related research programs. He was appointed Manager of Boeing-Huntsville operations in July, 1966. In the spring of 1967, NASA selected The Boeing Company to perform the technical integration and evaluation for the entire Apollo/Saturn V vehicle and related ground support equipment. Hal was chosen to open and manage the Company's Houston office in May, 1967; thus, he performed a major role in the greatest research and development program in this nation's history. Effective January 2, 1969, Hal was appointed General Manager of the newly formed Southeast Division which included Huntsville, Alabama; Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, Louisiana; Boeing Atlantic Test Center, Florida, and Houston, Texas. Throughout his tenure on the Apollo Program, Hal gave freely of his time and energies, spending many weeks away from his family. He was calm under crucial situations and confident of his decisions after careful analysis. Palmer, William PhIllip  Assistant for Administrative Management. Born May 4, 1919 in Groveland, Florida. Mr. Palmer joined the program in January 1962 in Seattle, Washington. His role was to assist in the Boeing organizational planning and manning for the program. His background of wide acquaintance and knowledge of who in Boeing were the most qualified and capable people to carry out the assignment and how to obtain them were major factors in staffing for the task to be accomplished in the southeast. At the time of the establishment of the Launch Systems Branch in 1964, with headquarters offices at the Michoud plant in New Orleans, Palmer was assigned to the Branch General Manager as Assistant for Administrative Management. In this capacity he maintained surveillance over organizational changes, wage and salary administration, and assisted the General Manager in Branch administrative responsibilities. Mr. Palmer remained with the Saturn Program until January 1969 immediately after the successful flight of Apollo 8. Phares, Malcolm Eugene, Systems Test Manager. Born December 27, 1925 in Central City, Nebraska. Mr. Phares came to the Saturn V Program in June 1962 as Executive Assistant to the Michoud General Manager. He introduced the first major management influence by Boeing at Michoud. With the Branch Manager and the Michoud Manager having to be away from Michoud more than present, he effectively kept the operation moving smoothly. In 1964, Mr. Phares was appointed Business Manager. In this function the Finance, Industrial Relations, Contract Administration, and Facilities Organizations reported to him. It was his responsibility to establish common principles of accounting, cost estimating, office systems management, contract negotiation and administration, and management of manpower and facilities throughout the Branch. Mr. Phares subsequently became Systems Test Manager. During this period, he had the very difficult task of assuring that schedules for stage test operations were maintained while test crews were trained, equipment was installed and integrated in a new facility, and while the Mississippi Test Facility was being activated. Throughout one difficult and challenging assignment after another, Mr. Phares demonstrated calm and dedicated leadership. He was a major force in program success. Quarles, William Hicks, Interface Engineer. Born March 21, 1925 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bill served as the Launch Systems Branch on site customer liaison contact with the SIC Stage Manager's Office at MSFC. He helped provide effective communications between that office and the appropriate Boeing organizations. As the only member ef Boeing management representing S IC in Huntsville, he accomplished his assignment with a minimum of line guidance or supervision.  Sanchez_Barbudo, Karen Lynn, Industrial Engineer. Born January 11, 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Karen mastered all phases of the gathering and maintenance of the configuration statistical data essential to the success of the S IC stage. She was Lead Industrial Engineer, responsible for the accuracy and preparation of the CM 501 and CM 502 S IC Status Reports. (See Michoud S IC Program Manager) Sanders, Herbert Carl  was born in Amite, Louisiana, on January 10, 1919. His association with The Boeing Company began in January 1954 when he joined the Weights Group on the B-52 Program. He remained in related weight engineering activities until his assignment as Weight Control Supervisor on the S-IC Program in early March 1962. In January 1966, he accepted a position as Assistant to the Launch Systems Branch General Manager for New Technology Utilization. In July 1966, he assumed the additional duties as Launch Systems Branch Zero Defects Administrator and Cost Improvement Manager. When the Launch Systems Branch was reorganized in January 1969, he continued the same duties as Southeast Division Motivational Programs Manager. In this capacity, Herb was responsible for the implementation, development and completion of the Apollo/Saturn V Roll of Honor Stoner, George Hiram, Vice-President. Born October 22, 1917 in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. At the time of The Boeing Company's decision to bid on the Saturn S-IC proposal effort in August 1961, George Stoner, already recoynized as one of the world's foremost authorities in the field of Aerospace Science, was selected to head the proposal team. Under his leadership, Boeing won the NASA contract to build the first stage booster to launch the lunar exploration vehicle. Following NASA's announcement of the selection of Boeing as the first stage contractor in December 1961, the Saturn Booster Branch of the Aerospace Division was established with Stoner as General Manager, He was responsible for creating an organization capable of designing and producing a highly reliable and cost effective stage on schedule. This organization, limited originally to specific areas of design and assembly in support of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, ultimately grew to encompass all design responsibility, production and test of the booster stage. In October 1962, Stoner was elected as Vice-President of The Boeing Company. In July 1965, Stoner was appointed Vice President General Manager of the newly formed Space Division, of which the former Saturn Booster organization, later termed the Launch Systems Branch, was a part. Stoner's responsibility to the Apollo Program continued to grow; launch support activities at Kennedy Space Center were added, followed by the technical integration and evaluation of the entire Apollo/Saturn V system, known as the TIE Program. Mr. Stoner was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor NASA awards to anyone who was not a government employee when the service was performed. The contribution must be so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate. Remembered as a visionary, Stoner talked about how people would fly to other planets, and how computers would become much, much smaller and would "operate with much more high speed." He also encouraged research into advanced global communications, global navigation systems and environmental data gathering by way of satellites - long before these became commonplace. Upon completing his assignment with the Apollo program, George was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Boeing Company in 1971. With a bright future ahead, it was sad that he passed away the same year at the age of 54. Stubbs, Robert,  Coordinator. Born June 23, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. Bob joined the S IC Program in June, 1962. His first assignment was as an Associate Tool Engineer in Operations at Michoud. In April 1964 he was promoted to Senior Tool Engineer, and in July 1966, Bob transferred to Liaison Engineering at BATC. He was assigned as the Engineering Representative to the BATC Change Board and then assigned to the Michoud Change Board as the BATC Representative. In November 1968 Bob returned to Michoud as a member of Configuration Management. He represented BATC on the Change Board and supported the Equipment Control Board chairman on the ECB, acting for him in his absence. Stein, Sylvester Henery, Chief - Product Assurance Unit. Born September 23, 1908 in Seneca, Kansas. "Jack" Stein was appointed Wichita Booster Section Manager for the Saturn Branch when the program was initiated at Wichita in February 1962. His duties were to coordinate the Saturn first stage booster work being accomplished at Wichita with requirements of the Saturn Branch. His long experience in manufacturing operations at Wichita enabled him to coordinate this program most effectively. During his assignment for the Saturn Branch, he supported and capably assisted in the development of the bulge forming dies and the age forming techniques. He continued for more than two years to provide direction to the Wichita Manufacturing Organization and conduct other activities of his assignment in a manner which helped assure the success of the Saturn Program here. Trombold, George John, Director of Industrial Relations. Born November 5, 1908 in Chanute, Kansas. The administration of the Wichita Division's personnel, training, and wage and salary policies was performed by Mr. Trombold. His contributions to the Saturn Program were twofold. Many employees of the Wichita Division were selected and requested to transfer to responsible and critical jobs on the Saturn Program. In addition, his Organization played an important role in the Wichita Division's efforts to provide tooling, parts, and assemblies for the S-1C stage. Vobach, Melvin, Personnel Manager. Born March 13, 1919. Mr. Vobach was given the responsibility to screen, select and complete transfer arrangements for all individuals transferring to the Saturn Program from the Wichita Division. Personal direction and administration of this activity was responsible for the assignment of hundreds of highly qualified managers, engineers and other technical employees to the southeast area of the United States. Wilkinson, Clinton Andrew, Apollo TIE Manager. Born November 17, 1911 in Billings, Montana. Mr. Wilkinson joined the Saturn Program in July, 1961, as Chief Engineer on the Saturn S-IC proposal. In January 1962, when Boeing was awarded the contract to design, build, and test the Apollo/Saturn first stage, Clint was named Engineering Manager and then moved to Huntsville, Alabama. In Huntsville, he was faced with the difficult task of staffing an organization for which a definitive work statement had not yet been finalized. Further, he had the added difficulty of directing an organization which was then scattered throughout the Marshall Space Flight Center complex. From September through October 1962, the Engineering Organization moved to New Orleans with Clint as their Chief. Mr. Wilkinson remained as Engineering Manager until his assignment as Michoud Manager in August, 1965. In May 1967, Mr. Wilkinson accepted an assignment in Washington, D. C. as Manager, Technical Integration and Engineering for the Apollo/Saturn V vehicle, where he remained until July 1969. His astute technical knowledge and close association (from concept, to design and through production) with the S-IC stage and his overall understanding of the Apollo Program and its goals enabled him to make innumerable contributions in realizing this nation's objective of putting a man on the moon before 1970. Yanoff, Leo,  Program Assessment Chief. Born September 4, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Yanoff joined The Boeing Company at Michoud during April 1963 to work in the Program Planning and Control Organization for the S-IC Program. Mr. Yanoff initially worked on the development of the management information system for the S-IC stage to provide top level summary information on the status of technical and program progress, resources, and cost. This management information system significantly contributed to the successful conduct of the S IC Program. In 1966, Mr. Yanoff was assigned to the Launch Systems Branch Planning and Reporting Organization responsible for the top level reporting of the Launch Systems Branch S-IC Program activities at Michoud, Huntsville, and BATC. In July 1968, Mr. Yanoff was assigned as Assistant Manager, Launch Systems Branch Planning and Reporting responsible for Launch Systems Branch Advanced Planning. Leo demonstrated exceptional initiative, ability, and leadership in the management of the Launch Systems Branch reporting systems and provided inspiration to his fellow employees in the performance of the Apollo/Saturn Program.  
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