Dyer Brainerd Holmes
Dyer Brainerd Holmes, 91, director of manned space flight for NASA when Americans were making their early forays into space in the early 1960s, died Friday at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., of complications from
Holmes joined NASA as director of manned space flight in October 1961 and held the position until June 1963, according to the NASA History Office.
During his time at NASA, John Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut in orbit Feb. 20, 1962, on Mercury-Atlas 6. Scott Carpenter followed Glenn by riding Mercury-Atlas 7 into space May 24 of the same year.
Holmes also helped lay the groundwork for the
NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said Holmes took over the Office of Manned Space
"NASA was still relatively young and senior administrators wanted to beef up leadership and management experience at headquarters in Washington," Jacobs said in an emailed statement. "Holmes' expertise in electrical engineering and management was seen as essential to not only study problems but to offer solutions as NASA began to focus its attention on the Apollo program and the race to the moon."
After leaving NASA, Holmes joined
Before joining NASA, Holmes worked for Western Electric, Bell Telephone Laboratories and the Radio Corp. of America. With RCA, he helped develop the United States' Ballistic Missile Early Warning System.
Holmes was born May 24, 1921, in New York. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1943 from
Coauthor of '
T.S. Cook, 65, an Oscar-nominated film and television writer best known for coauthoring the 1979
"The China Syndrome," which details the story of a fictional near-
An immediate box office and critical success, "The China Syndrome," which starred
Cook co-wrote the film with Mike Gray and James Bridges, who also directed it, and the three men shared Oscar nominations for best original screenplay. The work won them top screenplay honors from the
Born Aug. 25, 1947, in Cleveland, Thomas Stephen Cook was the son of Horace, a business executive, and Betty Cook, a homemaker. He earned a bachelor's degree from Denison University in Iowa in 1965 and a master of fine arts from the
Cook, who was also a producer and playwright, wrote many television movies, including
In recent years, Cook had turned to playwriting, including 2008's "Ravensridge," which centered on the aftermath of a labor lockout at a U.S. steel mill. He also taught play- and screenwriting in classes that included workshops for aspiring Muslim writers in a Los Angeles program run by the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Longtime Reseda High football coach
Joel Schaeffer, 70, who coached football at Reseda High for 23 years and taught in the
Schaeffer's teams won a City Section 2-A championship in 1986 and a 3-A title in 1995. He retired from coaching after the 2000 season, and the school named its field after him.
The founder of Reseda's police academy magnet program, Schaeffer retired from teaching physical education in 2005.
A San Fernando Valley native, Schaeffer was a member of Cleveland High's first graduating class in 1960. He played football at Pierce College and what is now
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