Hans Mark Death – Cause of Death – 92-year-old Hans Mark, an aerospace engineer, passed away after suffering from progressive dementia at Westminster senior home in Austin. He died on Saturday morning, 18th of December 2021. Hans was a former University of Texas System chancellor who escaped the Nazis as a boy and grew up to help put a man on the moon.
Hans was a native of Germany who spent his childhood in Austria. He served as the secretary of the Air Force and deputy administrator of NASA. According to a release by Austin American-Statesman, Hans worked in Mission Control during the first moon landing and persuaded President Ronald Reagan to establish the space station program.
The Space Foundation awarded Hans with its highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award in 2008. The Air Force Space Command also awarded him the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Award in 2012. A memorial will be held for Mark at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on Jan. 15. Memorial gifts can be made to the Hans Mark Scholarship Endowment at the University of Texas.
Christopher Clowes said in a tweet; “I am saddened to hear this. He was my Intro to Aerospace Prof. We always said the class should have been titled “Hans Mark: A Life”. I am glad I got to learn from this man.
Texas ASE/EM said a tweet; “We were devastated to hear the sad new about Dr. Hans Mark’s passing this weekend. Thanks for sharing these wonderful memories as one of his former students, @MichaelEWebber. He will be sorely missed and touched so many lives. RIP, Dr. Mark.”
Michael E. Webber said in a tweet; “Dr. Hans Mark was a giant in the worlds of space exploration, aerospace engineering, and national research policy. He was a towering figure physically and intellectually. He was also my mentor, advisor and friend. He will be missed. RIP.”