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LUDWIG GEORGE HARRY LUDWIG 1927 ~ 2013 GEORGE HARRY LUDWIG, world-renowned space and environmental scientist, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 22, 2013. An Air Force Veteran, he earned BA, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa. There, he designed Explorer I's radiation detection instrumentation and thus co-discovered the Van Allen radiation belts. He held Senior Executive Service positions at NASA and NOAA and consulted for the University of Colorado and California Institute of Technology. He recently finished "Opening Space Research; Dreams, Technology, and Scientific Discovery," published by American Geophysical Union. Honors include the World War II Victory Medal, NASA Exceptional Service and Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medals, NOAA Program Administration and Management Awards. After professional retirement, he actively contributed to the local Winchester, Virginia community, built his dream house, and enjoyed family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosalie (Ros) Ludwig; daughters Barbara Ludwig, Sharon Ludwig, and Kathy Ramsay; son George V Ludwig; their spouses; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Phyllis Ludwig and Nona Walker and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by father George M Ludwig; mother Alice Ludwig, brothers Dean and Robert Ludwig, and sister Genevieve Merck. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Winchester, Virginia on March 2, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to the First Presbyterian Church, 116 South Loudon Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.comPlease view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com
Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 22, 2013