NASA Official

William Claiborne (Red) Hayes Jr., 63, who retired in 1979 as director of NASA's Manned Space Technology Office here and who had directed the at-sea recovery efforts for early astronauts, died Feb. 20 in Waterford, Va. The cause of death was not reported.

He began his government space career with the old National Advisory Committee on Astronautics in 1952. For the next nine years, he did wind-tunnel research at the Langley Research Center. He then directed recovery operations for astronauts John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra and Gus Grissom.

In 1969, Mr. Hayes became director of the Advanced Aerospace Projects Office at NASA-Langley, and in 1971 he was named executive assistant for planning in the office of the director for Center Development and External Affairs at Langley. In 1972, he was appointed to his final NASA post, where he was responsible for the development of advanced technology requirements for such projects as the space shuttle, space stations and planetary spacecraft.


Ex-Cabinet Minister in Japan

Makoto Miike, 87, former Japanese postal and telecommunications minister and the eldest member of Japan's House of Councillors, died of a liver ailment Feb. 20 at a hospital in Tokyo.

Mr. Miike, a member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, had been a member of Japan's upper house since 1986. He was elected to the House of Representatives, the lower house, in 1949, and was postal and telecommunications minister from July to December 1972, in the government of Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.