Raymond Edward Rose, 79, a retired NASA research scientist and administrator, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Nov. 17 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He was an Arlington resident.
As manager in the Office of Aeronautics, Exploration and Technology, Dr. Rose ensured that organizations had access to important technology produced by NASA. As liaison to the Commerce Department, he regulated the export of aircraft and associated equipment and technical data.
Dr. Rose began working for NASA in 1976, and by 1979, he was managing subsonic aircraft programs, which led to major technical achievements for aircraft aerodynamics and avionics.
He also became an instructor in the Adopt-A-School program, encouraging D.C. public school students to consider careers in science, engineering and mathematics. He received NASA's Space Ship Earth Award for this work. During 1983 and 1984, he worked with the University of Pittsburgh's Race Desegregation Assistance Center at various professional workshops. For this, he received NASA's Equal Opportunity Achievement Award.
Dr. Rose was born in Canton, Ohio, and raised primarily in Lawrence, Kan. After high school, he moved back to Canton, where he worked in the steel mills for a brief period.
After a short tour in the Army, he entered the University of Kansas on the GI Bill, graduating with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering with honors, in 1951. He continued his engineering studies at the University of Minnesota, receiving a master's degree in 1956 and a doctorate in 1966.
Dr. Rose joined Honeywell as a research scientist and eventually was named senior principal research scientist, directing Honeywell's aerodynamics and fluid mechanics section. His studies of shock swallowing and parachute stability led him to patent a supersonic air-data sensor. He also managed research programs involving parachute systems for space shuttle booster recovery.
He moved to the Washington area in 1976 when NASA recruited him. He retired in 1994, having authored and co-authored more than 20 technical publications.
Dr. Rose loved to discuss religion as passionately as he did science. He was a member of Southeast Church of Christ in Washington.
His marriage to Jessica Rose ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of seven years, Dorothy Gee Rose of Arlington; four children from his first marriage, Timothy Rose of Minneapolis and Daniel Rose, Sharon Rose and Cricha Dahlberg, all of St. Paul, Minn.; two stepdaughters, Briggitt Jacobson and Sherry Cook, both of Arlington; two sisters; and five grandchildren.