December 8, 2021

Purdue President Daniels on passing of Mark Geyer, alumnus, former head of Johnson Space Center

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels issued the following statement Wednesday (Dec. 8) on the passing of Mark Geyer, Purdue alumnus and former head of the Johnson Space Center and manager of the Orion program. Born in Indianapolis, Geyer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1982 and his Master of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics in 1984, both from Purdue. He died Tuesday (Dec. 7) of cancer.

Daniels said:

“Purdue has lost another of its many great contributions to our nation and the world, our dear friend and distinguished alumnus Mark Geyer, former director of the Johnson Space Center. Mark’s impact on space exploration and human spaceflight was immense. We mourn his loss but are proud and grateful for his legacy of innovation and leadership.”

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