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MICHAEL J. WARGO 1951 - 2013

MICHAEL J. WARGO

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August 10, 2013
I knew him when...we were classmates at St. Joseph school grades 1-8, and Clairton High School. Mostly I remember when the nuns would ask a difficult question, impatiently tapping their toes; and students would typically turn to Mike to save the day! I did get to spend a bit of time with Mike at one of our high school reunions. I'm proud to have known him. I send my sympathy to his family. Rita (Filowat)Croyle
August 10, 2013
Sorry to hear about Mike's untimely passing. I remember him very well from Clairton HS. He was a great person. I worked for NASA in Silicon Valley, CA for 21 years, but unfortunately our paths never crossed.
August 10, 2013
I went to Clairton High with Mike, and was always amazed and humbled by his incredible intellect. We weren't close friends, but he made ALL of us proud with his achievements. I'm so saddened by his loss; may he rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to all of his friends and family. Don Caligiuri, Class of 1969
August 10, 2013
Mike's incalculable loss is a shock and close to the worst thing that could have happened for the Agency. His amazing ability to bring people together over contentious issues will be so, so hard to replace. But most of all I remember him with great affection as a wonderful human being who always had a kind word for me and who took an interest in my fledgling NASA career. Once again, it's one of the good guys who is taken from us too soon. My sincerest condolences and best wishes to all Mike's family, especially Adele.
August 09, 2013
I had the honor of working with Mike to establish a set of guidelines for exploring the moon, known as the Strategic Knowledge Gaps. He was a master of space knowledge and diplomacy. He will be missed and we will carry on with the quest of exploring the solar system, as he would have desired. One day we'll visit his crater on the moon and honor him there - he will be remembered by many.
August 09, 2013
My heartfelt sympathies to family and close friends of Mike. He was an exceptional man. I worked with him in the IT field and appreciated his sense of humor, his exceptional insights and contributions in whatever work he tackled. I also loved his booming voice and laugh which could energize any room! Gone too soon. RIP, Mike
August 09, 2013
Our friendship with Michael goes back over 20 years ago when he first left Cambridge and came to Virginia to begin his career at NASA. It was during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns. We were a small, tight group. We collectively shared in the excitement of making new friends, commencing new assignments and careers and discovering new activities all around the Nation's Capital. Our annual trek with him to the White House Ellipse with wassail cups in hand to see the National and State Christmas trees was always a joy.

Michael was a very special guest at our wedding. He was unofficially adopted by my parents and declared a long, lost son of the Roman Clan. Michael was a cherished friend in the 90s and we too remember his booming laugh and great sense of humor.

We lost track over time and although our contact was but for a few short years he left quite an imprint in our hearts. His memory remains dear and our condolences go to his wife and to rest of the Wargo Family.

Ron and Renee Roman
August 09, 2013
Mike Wargo was the rock at NASA HQ who, almost single-handedly, kept alive the connection between science and future human space exploration through all the twists and turns of policy.   At meetings of the external working groups, his presence gave assurance that somebody in Washington was listening and comprehending and responding.  Mike was intelligent, broadly experienced, wise, articulate, empathetic, and jovial.  When he asked my opinion, I felt valued.  When he offered his opinion, I learned.  Those of us who strive for robust science content in future human exploration have lost a trusted guide on the murky and convoluted path to the future. We will miss him.
August 09, 2013
May God bless his soul, and ease the pain of his loss.
August 09, 2013
It was a big shock to hear of Mike's passing. He was a consistent source of good advice for me when I was chair of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, of which he was Executive Secretary. His encyclopedic knowledge of issues involved with human spaceflight allowed synergies to be developed between science and exploration. He always said "science enables exploration and exploration enables science". Above all, I am proud to have been able to call him my friend.
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