Jay Greene
1942 - 2017
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Jay Henry Greene
Jay Henry Greene, 75, died early morning, October 8, 2017, in his home in Houston, Texas. He was born to Frieda and Irving Greene in Brooklyn, New York, on May 17, 1942.
Jay was raised in Flatbush and attended Brooklyn Technical High School and Brooklyn Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). He graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Upon graduation, he moved to California to work at North American Aviation. Less than a year later, he accepted a position with NASA at Johnson Space Center (formerly Manned Spacecraft Center) in Houston, Texas, and began a career in space administration that lasted nearly 40 years.
During the Apollo program, he served as a Flight Dynamics Officer, FIDO. His responsibilities in Mission Control included monitoring the trajectory of the Apollo spacecraft, computing changes in orbit and plotting course corrections and adjustments. He quickly gained the respect of his superiors and was chosen to lead the lunar descent of Apollo 11, a prestigious and coveted assignment. Following the Apollo program, he served as the Range Safety Coordinator. He stayed in Flight Dynamics serving as Section Head and Branch Chief through 1982 and then began training to become a flight director. He served as a flight director for ten space shuttle missions. His tenth and final mission, STS-51-L, was on January 28, 1986, the Challenger accident. After Challenger, he chose to retire as a flight director and was appointed head of NASA's safety division. In the following years, among other positions, he worked as Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He then became Manager of the Space Shuttle Engineering Office where he was responsible for the four shuttle orbiters. He was Deputy Manager for Technical Development on the International Space Station, an engineering marvel. He retired as the Chief Engineer at Johnson Space Center in 2004.
His many awards include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award bestowed by NASA, the Rotary Stellar Award, the Silver Snoopy award, and distinguished alumni awards from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
In 1969, he began dating Jo Anne Miranda from Galveston, Texas. Jay and Jo Anne met on a blind date that was set up by friends, and they married on January 27, 1972. They had one son, Aaron, their pride and joy.
Jay had a passion for scotch, jazz and baseball; he loved his Brooklyn Dodgers and the Houston Astros.
He enjoyed playing racquetball and cycling.
Jay is survived by his wife, Jo Anne; son, Aaron; daughter-in-law, Teresa; grandson, Jake; his sister, Bonnie Lerner; brother-in-law, Martin Lerner; and brother-in-law, Joe Miranda, Jr
Private funeral services were held on October 11, 2017 at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery on Allen Parkway in Houston.
Donations can be made to Congregation Shaar Hashalom, the American Diabetes Association, NYU Tandon, and the Alley Theatre in Houston.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 15, 2017.
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June 8, 2019
Remembering you & your family with loving thoughts from when we were in our 20s.
Janet Sharp Rutkowski
January 11, 2019
You are in my thoughts often Mr. Greene!
Gina K.
April 13, 2018
My condolences for the loss of a great man, hero and role model of mine. Jay's influence lives on in ways he probably never imagined.
Purkis -
March 9, 2018
Greene Family,

I was 19 years old when Challenger was lost. Thanks to the Internet I can go back and be vividly reminded of the ship and her crew.

One of the things that always fascinated me was the way Jay handled himself in the role of Flight during the incident. For years I admired him and the level of professionalism he brought to MSC as a leader.

Today I was watching a few videos of the Challenger accident and finally thought "why not send Jay a note of appreciation?" I was shocked and am saddened to learn that he passed.

Jay has become one of my personal heroes. It would have been great to have known him and absolutely amazing to have worked with or for him.

My belated but sincere condolences to Jay's family and friends. Clearly, the world lost a great man.

Bruce Gettel
March 9, 2018
Bruce Gettel
October 16, 2017
Jo Anne,
We are so sorry to hear of Jay's passing. Jay was one of my mentors when I first came to the Flight Director Office all those years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Thomas
October 16, 2017

Sandra and I were so sorry to hear this news.
God Bless and Comfort you,
Steve & Sandra Bales
Steve Bales
October 16, 2017
A dear friend and one of the best to ever work in Mission Control. Jay always loved the finer things: food, drink, electronics. My prayers are with Joanne and Aaron.
Jerry Bostick
October 15, 2017
JoAnne, Arnie and I are thinking of you.
Jay was a special person to all of us.
Ellie Aldrich
October 15, 2017
Racquetball, yeah! Jay and I played at least once a week for quite a few years until UHCL converted the courts into offices. Many good workouts, and many other good memories of Jay.
dave schultz
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