Carl "JR" Gray

Profile Updated: February 22, 2014
Class Year: 1968
Residing In: Williamsburg, VA USA
Occupation: Engineer - retired
Children: One daughter (1974), Lara, and three wonderful granddaughters.
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After graduation, I went into the NASA Engineering Apprentice School and earned a degree as an Engineering Technician in 1974. I worked in many of the wind tunnels and laboratories until I realized that wasn’t what I wanted or needed to do for the rest of my career. So I decided that I wanted to be part of the creative part of NASA and not just an implementer of someone else’s ideas. That took several years of working full time and going to school at night until I finally finished my PhD and then the switch was pulled. I spent the remainder of my career designing facilities, flight vehicle, space craft, and managing several engineering organization that designed and build anything from roads and commodes, to cryogenic wind tunnels, systems on the shuttles and space lab, many science instruments that are still on orbit and collecting data well beyond their design life, and sadly trying to figure out why we lost two shuttles and 14 astronauts.

We all have our stories and cherish our memories and wonder where the time went. I retired to Williamsburg a few years ago, bought a home in an “Active Community” where I have been working on finishing it the way I enjoy. I guess that I have gone back to my technician days - in part, because of the economy and the local universities are not expanding their adjunct staff which I find very sad for the future that follows all of us.

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Happy Birthday Deb. Have a great one, JR

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Happy Birthday Candy. Enjoy the day.

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Happy Birthday Vickie,

We all are so fortunate to be able to have enjoyed all of the year; and of course, the precious time with our family and friends through the journey.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy every moment … JR

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