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Joseph G. Gavin, Jr. ’41, SM ’42

MIT Corporation life member, emeritus

Alumni Association President, 1986 - 1987

 

MIT Corporation life member, emeritus

Alumni Association President, 1986 - 1987

 

Joseph G. Gavin, Jr. ’41, SM ’42 
MIT Corporation life member, emeritus
Alumni Association President, 1986 – 1987
Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation, 1984 – 1991
President and COO, Grumman Corporation (retired)

Joseph Gavin earned his Master’s degree in aerospace at MIT. An officer at the Grumman Corporation, Mr. Gavin directed the development of the Apollo program’s lunar module, which would later save the lives of the Apollo 13 astronauts when it was used to bring them home to Earth in a safe splashdown. Mr. Gavin received the NASA Distinguished Public Medal, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and was a life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Inspired by seeing Lindbergh’s return from his trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.
  • Work in the fighter design branch of the Navy after graduating from MIT.
  • Director of development of the lunar landing module for the Apollo program.
  • Memorable experiences at NASA mission control in Houston, including the moon landing of Apollo 11 and the successful recovery of Apollo 13.
  • MIT Corporation’s involvement with the financial aid federal case.

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