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Obituary : William Claiborne (Red) Hayes Jr., 63; NASA Team Chief

February 22, 1988|Associated Press

WATERFORD, Va. — William Claiborne (Red) Hayes Jr., former director of the NASA teams that picked up astronauts when they returned from space, died Saturday. He was 63.

Hayes greeted astronaut John Glenn after his history-making flight in 1962, and directed the recovery of astronauts Scott Carpenter, Walter M. Schirra Jr. and Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom.

A Norfolk native, Hayes joined the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics in 1952 and was there when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was organized a few years later.

In 1969, Hayes became director of the Advanced Aerospace Projects Office at NASA-Langley, and in 1971 he was named executive assistant for planning in the office of the director for Center Development and External Affairs at Langley.

A year later, he was named director of the Manned Space Technology Office at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the development of advanced technology requirements for the Space Shuttle, space stations, planetary spacecraft and other projects.

Hayes retired in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred McWilliams Hayes, and a son and a daughter.

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