Dr. Frank Schowengerdt, School of Mines professor and NASA director
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Dr. Franklin Dean Schowengerdt, physicist and NASA program director, died of cancer Feb. 12 in Alexandria, VA. He was 77.
A physics professor at Colorado School of Mines for 30 years, Frank was active in the community with a passion for civil rights, the arts, and environmental causes. He was chair of the Physics Department, V.P. of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. He founded the Colorado Advanced Materials Institute and helped create the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute. He founded the Center for Commercial Applications of Combustion in Space at Mines, a NASA-funded research center, and was director for seven years.
In 2003, he went to NASA headquarters as Director of Space Product Development and was senior advisor for the Innovative Partnerships Program. In 2007, he became director of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, PISCES, at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of Alexandria, VA; a daughter, Anna Kristine, of Baltimore, MD; a son, John Stephen, of New York, NY; a brother, Richard Neal and his wife Emiko, of Costa Mesa CA, a sister-in-law, Helen Schowengerdt Bassen, of St. Charles MO, and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Frank and Ellen Schowengerdt Endowed Scholarship c/o Colorado School of Mines Foundation, P.O. Box 4005, Golden, CO 80402.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Feb. 18 to Mar. 17, 2014