Karl G. HenizeNASA scientist, astronautHOUSTON -- Karl...


Karl G. Henize

NASA scientist, astronaut

HOUSTON -- Karl G. Henize, a senior NASA scientist and former astronaut, died of respiratory failure Oct. 5, a day after he tried to ascend Mount Everest.

The 66-year-old scientist, who was on leave from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was participating in an expedition conducted by High Adventure BVI, a British research group.

He was buried at the base camp on the 29,028-foot Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, as he wished.

After an extensive career as an astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and as a professor at Northwestern University, the Cincinnati native was selected in 1967 as a scientist-astronaut by NASA. In 1985, he flew in space on the Spacelab 2 mission. He was responsible for testing and operating the instrument-pointing system, operating the robot arm and several scientific experiments.

He retired from the astronaut program in 1986, but continued his work for NASA as a senior scientist in the Space Sciences Branch at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 1968, he received the Robert Gordon Memorial Award and in 1974, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

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* The Rev. Arie R. Brouwer, 58, an internationally known church leader and a former general secretary of the National Council of Churches, died of colon cancer Thursday at his home in Teaneck, N.J.

* Willard A. Hanna, 82, an author, teacher and expert on Southeast Asia, died of pneumonia after he suffered a stroke Oct. 5 at his home in Hanover, N.H.

* Ian Burn, 53, an Australian Conceptual artist, writer and unionist who worked and exhibited in the United States and Europe in the 1970s with the Art and Language collective, died Sept. 29 in Milton, Australia. The 53-year-old Rozelle resident drowned in rough seas while swimming with his daughter and her friends, one of whom he was apparently trying to rescue at the time of his death. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

* Byron E. Vandegrift, 89, a developer who built the Disneyland Hotel and homes for some of Hollywood's biggest stars, died Sept. 25 in Los Angeles. He built the private headquarters for movie magnate David O. Selznick in Culver City and more than 250 homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu; clients included stars such as Spencer Tracy and Barbara Stanwyck.

* Marcel Marien, 73, a publisher, artist and writer and one of the last of the circle of Belgian Surrealists who gathered around painter Rene Magritte, died Sept. 19 in Schaerdeeck.

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