Brief Biography

Hugh W. McNeese

Hugh  completed 40 years in the military, airplane, and spacecraft industry prior to his retirement in 1988 from Rockwell International. He was born in Sherman, Texas, where he completed his elementary and high school education. Prior to joining the U.S. Navy in 1948 he finished 3 years of Pre-Med. at Austin College in Sherman.

He served 9 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician operating and maintaining all types of Naval aircraft avionics systems. After discharge from the Navy in 1957, he worked 3 1/2 years at Hughes Aircraft Company training U.S. Air Force personnel in the operation and maintenance of the F-106 avionics systems.

In 1961 he left Hughes Aircraft to work at the Aircraft Division of North American Aviation on the U.S. Air Forces' XB-70. One year later, after the XB-70 was canceled, he transferred to the Space Division's Apollo Logistics Training Department where his primary assignment was to develop, maintain, and implement Training Programs on the Apollo Spacecraft systems for the NASA astronauts, flight controllers, systems engineers, launch pad engineers and technicians, and administrative personnel. He remained in this position until he combined the Apollo tasks with similar functions on the Space Shuttle contract.

From 1957 through 1964 he attended night school and received his B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Southern California.

He was the recipient of many commendations and awards. Those he is most proud of consist of the Astronauts Personal Achievement Award (Snoopy) presented to him by Astronaut Al Worden and commendations from Astronaut Frank Borman, NASA Administrator Thomas Paine, and Astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Hugh is a member of the Masonic Lodge Travis # 117, A.F.& A.M. in Sherman, Texas. He was also active in the National Management Association for 25 years and held many offices including President and Chairman of the Board of Directors.