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Dr. Calvin Fowler died suddenly, June 21 at age 84.
He is survived by his wife, Bea Davis Fowler; his daughter, Yvonne Stiefel; son, Dennis Fowler; and his brother, James Fowler. He is survived by three grandchildren.
Cal lived a full and eventful life and was nationally known for his role as a pioneer in the space program. Cal was orphaned at the age of nine and was reared at the John Dela Howe Farm School in McCormick, SC. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and Korea.
He graduated from Wisconsin University and joined Convair, becoming the Test Conductor for the original Mercury astronauts. Cal's career was devoted to the space program while working for General Electric and McDonnell Douglas. He earned a doctorate in Business Management from Nova University and retired from the space program in 1993. He spent his retirement years as a graduate school professor and administrator for Webster University. Twice, Calvin was invited to teach at Shanghai University as a visiting professor. He earned a commercial pilot's license and took great pleasure flying his own Cherokee Arrow.
Funeral will be held on Friday, June 28 at 1:30 PM at the Cocoa Presbyterian Church, Cocoa, FL, with internment at Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge, directly following service. Reception to follow at 100 West Bay Drive, Cocoa Beach.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cal's memory should be made to Cocoa Presbyterian Church or the US Space Coast Walk of Fame.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from June 25 to June 27, 2013