Joseph G. Lundholm, NASA manager, dies at 88

February 27

Joseph G. Lundholm, a manager at NASA for more than two decades, died Feb. 5 at his home at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 88.

The cause was pneumonia and sepsis, said his wife, Ann Lundholm.

Dr. Lundholm joined NASA in 1965 and worked as a manager of the Skylab program. He also oversaw a research division and a high-powered-laser program within the agency’s Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology.

From 1981 until his retirement in 1986, he was a manager of NASA’s Advanced Missions Analysis Office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.

Joseph Gideon Lundholm Jr. was born in Emporia, Kan. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1946 and a master’s degree in 1948, both in engineering physics from Kansas State University. In 1956, he received a PhD, also in engineering physics, from North Carolina State University.

Early in his career, Dr. Lundholm worked in research and development for companies in California and Massachusetts.

After his retirement, he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and volunteered with the Montgomery County police department. He was a member of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club and Bethesda United Church of Christ.

He lived in Potomac, Md., for 42 years before moving to Gaithersburg in 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ann Johnson Lundholm of Gaithersburg: two sons, James Lundholm of Raleigh, N.C., and Robert Lundholm of Silver Spring, Md.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

— Megan McDonough

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