Jim Madewell of Mission Viejo, Calif., died June 16.
He was born May 30, 1933 in Chattanooga to parents Bryan and Hester Madewell. He is a graduate of Central High School in Chattanooga and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston in Texas, and a master’s of science in engineering from the University of Alabama.
Jim started his 50 year aerospace career at NASA in 1956 as a young engineering manager on Werner Von Braun’s Apollo-Saturn 5 Launch Vehicle team at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., during the infancy of the nation’s space program. He was a key player in the development of the Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, B-1, B-2 Stealth Bombers and the X-33 second generation Space Shuttle.
He is also a recipient of the Golden Skunk Award from Lockheed Martin for his contributions to the “Black Ops” Skunk Works division, an award he was most proud of. He lived a long and fulfilling life and had a passion for the aerospace industry.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years and high school sweetheart Arlene Madewell and four children, Darlene, Sharon, Mike and Neil, and nine grandchildren Ashley, Jason, Jeremey, Austin, Holly, Rachel, Paris, Mackenzie and Sierra.
He was laid to rest overlooking the Pacific Ocean on June 21 at Pacific View Memorial Cemetery in Corona Del Mar, Calif.
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