Patrick Williams

We are saddened to announce the passing of Patrick Williams, a pioneering astronaut who devoted his life to space exploration and discovery, and who passed away on June 5, 2023, at the age of 79. Patrick's contributions to space exploration will always be remembered, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of scientists and explorers.

Patrick was born on July 15, 1943, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and later earned a master's degree in astronautical engineering from Purdue University. He was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps in 1978, and he completed four space missions over the course of his career.

Patrick's first mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1983, during which he conducted several scientific experiments and helped deploy a satellite. He later served as the pilot on two more Shuttle missions in 1985 and 1990, and commanded his final mission, STS-68, in 1994.

Patrick's career as an astronaut spanned over two decades and included numerous awards and honors for his service to the United States and to the field of space exploration. He was a mentor to many young astronauts and played a vital role in advancing our understanding of space.

In addition to his work as an astronaut, Patrick was a devoted husband and father, and an active member of his community. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched.

Patrick is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held to celebrate his life and contributions to space exploration. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation or to the National Space Society in Patrick's memory.


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