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Joseph D. Barksdale, 79, went from cotton fields to NASA
Joseph Decatur Barksdale, who went from the cotton fields of Mississippi where his family was sharecropping to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he oversaw the information technology department, died March 15 at his home in Laurel from complications from a fall. He was 79.
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun
March 30, 2014