GODDARD RETIREES AND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 163, Seabrook, MD 20703
February 2004 http://graa.gsfc.nasa.gov 20th Year of Publication
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Feb. l0, 2004 GRAA Regular Luncheon
- 11:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call Alberta 30l-937-7762
Speaker: Mark Brumfield, GSFC Code 590, Topic: GN&C Systems Eng'g Organization
March 9, 2004 GRAA Regular Luncheon - 11:30 am - RecCenter - Speaker: Director of GSFC Al Diaz; Subject:
"State of the Center and the new Lunar-Mars Program". Pls call Alberta 30l-937-7762
March 30, 2004 GEWA's l3th Spring Crafts Fair - Bldg 8 Auditorium - l0:00 am to 2:00 pm - $l5.00 Registration Fee
Per Space - Items must be handmade - Open to Govt. Employees/contractor employees/retirees
Family members & Friends - March l9 registration cutoff - check out GEWA's webpage
(http://gewa.gsfc.nasa.gov) for details/registration form or contact Tasha Davis
April l3, 2004 GRAA Regular Luncheon - ll:30 am - RecCenter - Pls call Alberta 30l-937-7762
COMMENTS FROM GRAA'S PRESIDENT, Ron Browning: The January luncheon
was a fond farewell to
George and Barbara Pieper. They moved the end of January to their new home at Fleet Landing, near Jacksonville, Fla. George has served for many years on the GRAA Board of Directors, most of them as President. He has contributed
in many ways to maintaining GRAA as a vibrant and enjoyable organization. He has attracted interesting speakers
that have given us insights into technologies in work and general topics of broad interest to our membership. Speakers
at the luncheon reminded us of George's passion for fishing, his poetic skills and his good sense of humor. We thank
George for his leadership and service to GRAA over these many years.
TREASURER's REPORT: Donations were received from Earl Quirey,
Phil Crossfield, Martha Morrissey, Mike Logan
and Grace Miller. GRAA's account balances as of 12/31/03 totaled $14,808.25. A financial report covering CY2003
was submitted to the Board of Directors.
HEDDINGER, FRANK L. of Catonsville, MD died December 29, 2003.
SLIFER, LUTHER W., JR. of Lanham, MD died December 24, 2003.
GROVE, DONALD H.,SR. - Rec'd word from his son, Donald H. Grove, Jr., that his father died as a result of a car
accident September 29, 2003.
RICHARDS, JEAN W. of Federal Way, Wash. - died October l, 2003. - Worked at Goddard in the early l960s.
LETTERS WE GET LETTERS!!!
LOGAN, F. J. "MIKE" sends note "Keep the news coming" - enjoys reading about GSFC - still resides in Silver
CROSSFIELD, PHIL "Even tho he's moved to Riderwood, Silver Spring, MD recently, hopes to continue to receive
the Newsletter and attend the luncheons."
QUIREY, EARL of Sturgis, KY - "Sends a Merry Christmas to all - Have a Happy 2004"
BECKLIN, GILBERT P. of Belle, MO - sends note "Keep up the good work"
RETIREMENT LIST - GRAA - 1/13/2004
Phillips, Sandra S. Barrett, Curtis C. Cohen, Steven Charles Margolies, Donald L. Robey, Martha
Growden, Arthur M. Boyer, William B. Dilling, Roger L. Redisch, William N.
Strnad Sr., Ralph J. Chou, Ming-Dah Dunker, Steven C. Worley, Everett M.
Jay, Elizabeth M. Christensen, J. Lauris Hartman, Mary Anne Brennan, Dennis L.
Adams, William A. Clark, Bruce W. Johnson, Cecelia E. Metzger, James R.
Bailey, Dorinda S. Cline, Thomas L. Letson, James W. Chou, Shu-Hsien
MAIL STUFFERS FOR JANUARY; Frank Wrigley, Mary & Bob Wilson,
Rose McChesney, Marge Gustafson,
Bob Wigand, Barbara Hamilton, George Abid, Bill Shields, Agnes R. Smith, Eloise Tarter, Marty Eiband and Elaine Montgomery.
Following is a poem titled "Poetry and Palaces" written by
Bob Wigand and read at the January meeting in honor of
George and Barbara Pieper's farewell:
his tenure as GRAA President,
George often displayed a poetical bent
If ever our meetings got quiet at times,
He'd quickly regale us with humorous rhymes.
While some would implore
Him to recite still more,
Bob Morrissey cringed and others would shudder,
Concerned that our Pres. might recite yet anudder.
(The following is a last chance to "get even"
In dactylic pentameter, now that he's leavin').
POETRY AND PALACES
it Williams or Cornell or Yale that has fired
His poetic skill, or was it Barbara-inspired?
Such classical art in one famous for science
Shows multiple talents in happy compliance,
And, if one considers Dr. Pieper's background,
A clue to the poetic interest is found.
in his career he has worked in some palaces,
A class of buildings distant from science analysis
Palaces connote a supreme elegance
Where jesters and poets can rulers entrance.
there was MIT's own Building Twenty
A wood wartime tempo with talents aplenty
A lab where the seeds of electronics were sown
By the name "plywood palace" it came to be known
then there's the palace at GSFC
Built for its science team's efficacy
With large picture windows o'er-looking the lake
It has a fine ambiance, not hard to take.
at Goddard as Building Twenty-six
The name "Pieper's Palace" is what really sticks.
With Meredith, Abid and Vette on board
George headed an effort in science that soared.
His team earned the Center a top reputation
For aerospace science unmatched in the nation!
teaching the Navy about aerospace,
The Piepers returned to GRAA's welcome embrace.
They livened the content of many a meeting
While Barney provided the meal we were eating.
it's Anchors Aweigh and they're off to Fleet Landing
A nautical retirement home of high standing
Near family and fishing!
Their GRAA friends are wishing
They'll find a new palace at home with their peers
In which to spend happy and hale golden years.
GRAA MEMBERS: Arrangements have been made to admit retirees
directly through the Soil Conservation Road
entrance for the luncheons. HOWEVER, YOU MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS AND AN ID OR YOUR
RETIREE PICTURE BADGE. Call Alberta for reservations, 301-937 7762
RETIREMENT DINNER PARTY - INVITATION - THOMAS L. CLINE Tuesday
- February 24, 2004,
4:30pm-til? Bea/Barney Rec Center Pls call Pamela Levell for reservations 301-286-9662- COST: $20.00.