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Charles Seaman


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Charles (Charlie)
Livingston Seaman
1930-2018
Charles (Charlie) Livingston Seaman, age 88, passed away August 28, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret Anne Dempsey; children, Lauri Seaman Ditto (Butch); Suzanne Seaman Turet (Charles); Scott Seaman (Lisa); and Charles L. Seaman, Jr. (Kim); grandchildren, Donald Hall; Amy Hall Sirianni (Louis); Cynthia Hall; Jonathan Bristal; Savannah Turet; Justin Turet; Benjamin Turet; Maegan Seaman; and Caden Seaman; great-grandson, Trey Sirianni; brother, John C. Seaman (Phyllis); sister, Susan Seaman Dunn; and many nieces and nephews. His parents, one brother and one sister pre-deceased him.
Charlie was born July 5, 1930, in Oneida, New York, to Cecil and Lois Seaman. He graduated from Chamblee High School, Chamblee, Georgia, and then Georgia Tech in 1960 with a BChE. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the Air Force and entered basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. He was transferred to Lowery AFB in Denver, Colorado, where he married the love of his life, Anne, on February 3, 1951. Charlie was a gifted athlete and played baseball during his years with the Air Force against several notable players, including pitcher Don Newcombe. His love of baseball remained constant and he devoted many years coaching and managing his sons' teams, including serving as President and Director of the Clear Creek Pony-Colt League 1972-74.
After graduating from Georgia Tech, Charlie worked for Lockheed Aircraft, but felt a patriotic duty to continue serving his country inspired by the goals set forth in JFK's "We Choose to Go to the Moon" speech. Charlie moved his family to New Orleans, Louisiana, and joined Boeing Aerospace in 1962 to assist in the development of the Saturn V rocket. He was transferred to Cape Canaveral in 1965 and then to the Johnson Space Center in 1967. From 1975-82, he worked for The M. W. Kellogg Company. He returned to the U.S. Space Program in 1982, retiring in 1996.
Among the many achievements and awards Charlie received during his career are The Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in rescuing the crew of Apollo 13; The Silver Snoopy Award, bestowed upon him by the astronauts themselves; several Certificates of Appreciation for his roles in the success of the Apollo 11 mission signed by the crew, the Galileo missions, and the investigation of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident; and others. Additionally, NASA awarded him with a United States Flag which had been flown aboard STS-34. He supported the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and International Space Shuttle Programs. He was an analytical analyses specialist and, among other tasks, supported the design, development, and testing of environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS) for manned space vehicles and space suits. He provided the real-time spaceflight mission performance predictions and assessments of the manned space vehicle's ECLSS.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster, Texas, to celebrate his life. Please accept our family's gratitude for any donations made in Charles' name to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Veterans of Foreign Wars, , American Legion Post #0490, or the .
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 5, 2018
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