Rosendo “Rudy” Naranjo, 71, an aerospace engineer who retired from NASA in 2001, died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease Nov. 19 at Capital Hospice in Arlington County. He was a Springfield resident.

The death was confirmed by his daughter, Julie Upham.

Mr. Naranjo spent 21 years at NASA before retiring. His assignments included work on the space shuttle and space station programs.

Rosendo Naranjo was born in Cali, Colombia. He came to the United States in 1962, served two years in the Navy, then attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he graduated in 1968. In 1972, he received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.

He was a civilian engineer with the Navy and then the Air Force in California before moving to the Washington area in 1978. He was an engineer with the Naval Air Systems Command before joining NASA.

His marriage to Corrine Russ ended in divorce. Survivors include two children, Rosendo W. “Rudy” Naranjo of Springfield and Julie Upham of Alexandria; four brothers; a sister; and two grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes