Francis T. Hoban, 67, a retired National Aeronautics and Space Administration executive who was director of a project at George Mason University to turn retired space engineers and managers into advisers for technology firms, died of a heart ailment Dec. 5 at a hospital in Gettysburg, Pa. He lived in Taneytown, Md.
At NASA, where he had a 34-year career until 1992, he managed the Program and Project Management Training and Development Initiative and directed the program support office for the Office of Space Station and the business practices division of the Low Cost Systems Office.
In addition to other administrative and high-level management positions at NASA headquarters, he helped implement changes at the agency to comply with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 and served as director of administration for the Presidential Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island and the National Commission on Alcoholism.
When he retired from NASA, he joined GMU as a senior fellow at its Institute of Public Policy. In 1998, he retired and became director of the NASA-GMU Continuing Career Program. The program was an initiative to target senior NASA scientists and managers nearing retirement age as a resource for commercial space and technology companies.
He was born in Minersville, Pa. He served in the Army with the 11th and 82nd airborne divisions in the mid-1950s. He was a 1960 graduate of Saint Louis University. He received a master's degree in personnel management from George Washington University and a master's in business administration from the College of William and Mary.
His honors included the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the NASA Apollo Achievement Award.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Mary Louise Hoban of Taneytown; three children, Francis T. "Frank" Hoban Jr. of Philadelphia, Maria Louise Killingstad of Berlin, Germany, and Loretta Ann Himes of Littlestown, Pa.; a brother; and three grandchildren.