MP "PETE" FRANK, III, of Houston, passed away June 22, 2005, after a car accident. Born in Bryan, Texas, August 20, 1930, Pete graduated from the University of Texas in 1952 with a bachelor's in aeronautical engineering. He served as a Marine Corps pilot for four years. While working for the Martin Company in Baltimore, he earned a master's in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. In 1962, he joined NASA to help plan the moon missions. In 1968, he became a Flight Director for the Apollo program, working Apollo 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 17 missions and serving as lead flight director on Apollo 14 and 16. He was lead flight director on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and later became chief of the Flight Control Division. After retiring, he became an FAA Certified Flight Instructor and has been active in La Porte Habitat for Humanity chapter for 11 years. He is survived by Barbara R. "Bobbie" Frank, his wife of 52 years; daughter Janie L. Frank and her husband Alan L. Levy; son Jeffrey L. Frank; two grandchildren, Alissa Frank and Peter Frank; sister-in-law Anne Lathrop; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in La Porte 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. Interment services are at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, in Denton, Texas. Memorials may be made to the La Porte Habitat for Humanity Chapter, at P.O. Box 2087, La Porte, Texas 77572-2087. Paul U. Lee-La Porte Funeral Home (281)471-0123
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Published in Houston Chronicle from June 27 to June 28, 2005