Alvin Lee Reeser
Colonel, United States Air Force
Al was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Don, and his grandson, Rex.
He was raised in Vero Beach, Florida and attended Auburn University where he played football. He left the University to join the US Air Force Cadet Program in 1948. Later he graduated from the University of Arizona as an honors graduate in Mechanical Engineering and went on to earn a Masters degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Al was a decorated veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, where he flew over 200 combat missions as a pilot. He retired from the Air Force in 1976 while serving as the Vice Commander at the Space and Missile Test Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
From 1976 to 1985, Al worked for Rockwell International as the General Manager of the Kennedy Space Center Launch Operations. His team successfully processed, launched and recovered the first ten space shuttle flights. He received the “Distinguished Public Service Award Medal”, the highest NASA award given for non-governmental service.
Al moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1987 to be the Executive Vice President and General Manager of United Space Boosters, Inc. where he received his second NASA “Distinguished Public Service Award Medal.”
In 1991, he became the President and CEO of SpaceHab, Inc. in Washington, D.C., a firm that develops modules for space-based research and cargo transportation on the US space shuttle fleet. The Reesers returned to Huntsville in 1994 when Al retired.
Al will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Helen (note Helen passed away on 25 February 2008 and joined her husband at Arlington National Cemetery); his three children, Becky Kuntz (Gregg) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Michael Reeser (Carroll) of Sweetwater, Texas, and Don Reeser (Kimberly) of Maputo, Mozambique, Africa. He leaves seven grandchildren, Kristina Kuntz, Michael Kuntz, Joe Reeser, Lauren Reeser, Katie Reeser, Matthew Reeser, and Susannah Reeser; and two sisters, Ruby Zeuch and Joyce Northern, both of Vero Beach, Florida.
REESER, ALVIN LEE
COL US AIR FORCE
DATE OF BIRTH: 02/28/1928
DATE OF DEATH: 05/08/2004
BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 6297
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 19 October 2008 Updated: 27 October 2008
Photos Courtesy of Holly, October 2008