Richard P. "Dick" Edwards Richard P. "Dick" Edwards was born October 17, 1933, in Madison, WI. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, and served as an Air Force pilot. He worked in South ern California on Atlas, Saturn, and Space Shuttle launch vehicles. Boeing transferred him to Houston in 2002, where he worked on the Space Shuttle program until his last day. Among his accomplishments was co-authorship of a report to the U.S. President regarding changes after the Challenger accident. He earned a MS in Systems Engineering from UCLA and studied toward a Doctorate of Business Administration. His volunteer service included establishing judging policy for the California State Science Fair and C o-Founding Space Settlement Design Competitions, which involve over 1000 high school students annually world-wide. Dick challenged himself with activities that changed during his life, including track, basketball, marathons, earning Contract Bridge Life Master status, hiking steep mountain trails, and sailboat racing. He is survived by brother, James "Jim" Edwards of San Diego; son, Brad Edwards of Albuquerque; and loving wife of 23 years, Anita Gale. He passed away suddenly at the tiller of J24 sailboat "T rick Bag", near the front of the fleet in a Wednesday Night Sailboat Race. A gathering of friends will occur at his home in Nassau Bay, Texas, 1:00 p.m. Sunday 14 June. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the International Space Settlement Design Competition, c/o AIAA Orange County Section.
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on June 11, 2009