Thomas Jack Lee
Sixth Center Director, July 6, 1989 - Jan. 6, 1994
Prior to his appointment
as Director of the Marshall Center, Jack Lee had been Marshall's deputy
director since December 1980, after seven years as manager of the Spacelab
program at the Center. From July to September 1986, he also served as
acting director of the Center.
In addition to his responsibilities as deputy director, Lee served as
manager of the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Definition Office, which was
NASA's effort to define and develop a heavy lift launch vehicle capable
of meeting national requirements.
Lee began his professional career in 1958 as an aeronautical research
engineer with the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency at the Redstone Arsenal.
He transferred to the Marshall Center when it was formed in 1960 as a
systems engineer with the Center's Centaur Resident Manager Office located
in San Diego. From 1963 to 1965, he was Resident Project Manager for the
Pegasus Meteoroid Detection Satellite Project in Blandenburg, Md., and,
from 1965 to 1969, was chief of the Center's Saturn Program Resident Office
at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
In 1969, he became assistant to the technical deputy director of the
Marshall Center and served in that position until 1973. He then served
as deputy manager and manager of the Sortie Lab Task Team, and
continued as manager when that team became the Spacelab Program Office
As manager of the Spacelab Program Office, he was responsible for NASA's
work with the European Space Agency in the development of Spacelab, a
multipurpose reusable laboratory for Earth orbital science activities.
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