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Gerald D. (Gerry) Griffin

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During NASA's Apollo Program, Mr. Griffin was a Flight Director in Mission Control and served in this capacity for all of the Apollo manned missions. He was Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing missions: Apollo's 12, 15 and 17. During the flight of Apollo 13, Mr. Griffin was scheduled to lead the lunar landing team in Mission Control. When the landing was cancelled after the oxygen tank explosion, he led one of the teams of flight controllers who were responsible for the safe return of the astronauts.

Mr. Griffin was a technical advisor for the movie Apollo 13, a Universal Studios picture starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. In February 1997, he finished his second movie, Contact, a Warner Brothers picture starring Jodie Foster and directed by Robert Zemeckis, the director of Forrest Gump. In Contact, Mr. Griffin was a technical advisor and actor. In September 1997, Mr. Griffin began working as a technical advisor for the movie, Deep Impact, a production of DreamWorks SKG, a Steven Spielberg company.

After taking early retirement from NASA in 1986, Mr. Griffin was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Houston Chamber of Commerce, a post he held until 1989 when he joined Korn/Ferry International, a worldwide executive search firm, as the Managing Director of the firm's Houston office.  Mr. Griffin is also Chairman of the Board of Comarco, Inc., a California public corporation traded on NASDAQ.

Mr. Griffin is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He also is the recipient of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering Alumni Honor Award, the Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer Award, and the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor Award. Mr. Griffin holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Houston Clear Lake. Mr. Griffin is a Senior Fellow of the Eaker Institute for Aerospace Studies and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Astronautical Society, the British Interplanetary Society.

 

 

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Gerald D. Griffin

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Photo Credit: NASA No.  S-82-36061

1982

During NASA's Apollo Program, Mr. Griffin was a Flight Director in Mission Control and served in this capacity for all of the Apollo manned missions.

He was Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing missions: Apollo's 12, 15 and 17. During the flight of Apollo 13, Mr. Griffin was scheduled to lead the lunar landing team in Mission Control. When the landing was cancelled after the oxygen tank explosion, he led one of the teams of flight controllers who were responsible for the safe return of the astronauts.

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Flight Directors Griffin & Kranz

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-69-25636

1969

Gerry Griffin is seen standing behind Gene Kranz in Mission Control during the Apollo 9 Lunar Module Checkout  mission.

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Flight Directors Griffin & Kranz  #2

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-69-25636

3 March 1969

Gerry Griffin is seen standing behind Gene Kranz in Mission Control during the Apollo 9 Lunar Module Checkout  mission.

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Chris Kraft & Gerry Griffin

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-69-58006

November 1969

Lead Flight Director Gerry Griffin is seen sitting at his console with Chris Kraft during the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission.

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Chris Kraft & Gerry Griffin  #2

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-69-58006

November 1969

Lead Flight Director Gerry Griffin is seen sitting at his console with Chris Kraft during the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission.

High gloss photograph chemically developed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Flight Director Gerry Griffin

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Photo Credit: NASA

1970

Flight Director Gerry Griffin seen at his console not long after being appointed Lead Flight Director for the Apollo 15 lunar landing mission.

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Apollo 13 Celebrations

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-70-35144

17 April 1970

Standing is Flight Directors Gerry Griffin (giving a high thumbs-up), Gene Kranz and Glynn Lunney among others during the celebrations after the Apollo 13 spacecraft safely splashed down in the South Pacific Ocean. We can see the relieved NASA Director Dr. Robert Gilruth getting his cigar lit in the background.

High gloss photograph chemically developed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apollo 13 Celebrations  #2

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-70-35144

17 April 1970

Standing is Flight Directors Gerry Griffin (giving a high thumbs-up), Gene Kranz and Glynn Lunney among others during the celebrations after the Apollo 13 spacecraft safely splashed down in the South Pacific Ocean. We can see the relieved NASA Director Dr. Robert Gilruth getting his cigar lit in the background.

High gloss photograph chemically developed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apollo 14 Flight Dir. Gerry Griffin

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-71-16811

29 January 1971

Flight Director Gerry Griffin seen at his console during a Apollo 14 Countdown Demonstration Test.

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Apollo 15 Lead Flight Director

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-71-40827

26 July 1971

Lead Flight Director Gerry Griffin (left foreground), is standing at his console in Mission Control on launch day to start the Apollo 15 Lunar Landing Mission. Gene Kranz can be seen in the background to Griffins left.

High gloss photograph chemically developed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apollo 15 Lead Flight Director  #2

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Photo Credit: NASA   S-71-40827

26 July 1971

Lead Flight Director Gerry Griffin (left foreground), is standing at his console in Mission Control on launch day to start the Apollo 15 Lunar Landing Mission. Gene Kranz can be seen in the background to Griffins left.

High gloss photograph chemically developed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

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