From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2004
From: KNIGHT, JACK (JSC-DV) (NASA)
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2004 09:53
To: DL MOD DV Division Personnel
Subject: Henry Allen's Passing
I have been informed that Henry Allen passed away a few hours ago. As all of you probably know, he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer a couple of weeks ago and it has now taken him from us. Henry had been involved with JSC for over 18 years and in the network business for many years before that.
The times that he and our colleagues shared in the 20th century appear now to have been truly among the best of times. We were battling Mother Nature and her laws of physics and chemistry. Competence was what counted. We worked and made decisions and built things that carried out their design goals, at least well enough to get us to the Moon before the decade was out. And not once, but six times to the surface.
The first real space station, Skylab, was built, launched and we operated it for 9 months. The science return was wildly in excess of expectations. We learned about data compression and large data-set management.
The Space Shuttle was built on the dreams of Henry and others who longed for mass access to space. It was, and is, a marvelous vehicle, though fragile in many ways.
Henry jumped in when the X-38 team needed an innovative ground team to make it happen, he helped make the Space Station happen, and was instrumental in our efforts to understand the Switched Ethernet technologies and others.
His contributions to the Operations team have been un-paralleled and he was always on the leading edge of new technologies. That kind of leadership and mentoring will continue to benefit us all far into the future. The threads he added to the fabric of our culture continue to bind us together and strengthen us. My poor words cannot express how much I respect and appreciate it.
Henry will be missed.
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