[Don Holmquest] [NASA Logo]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Donald Lee Holmquest (MD, PhD)
NASA Astronaut

Born in Dallas, Texas, on April 7, 1939; his mother, Mrs. Sidney B. Holmquest, resides in Dallas.

Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 10 inches; weight: 135 pounds.

Attended Roger Q. Mills Elementary School and is a 1957 graduate of W. H. Anderson High School in Dallas, Texas; received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1962 and Doctorates in Medicine and Physiology from Baylor University in 1967 and 1968, respectively. Has completed specialty training in Nuclear Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Nuclear Science.

Married to Dr. Ann Nixon James, formerly from Floyd, Virginia.

Hilary Catherine, August 24, 1970.

He enjoys skiing and handball.

Member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, American College of Nuclear Physicians, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentatlon. Dr. Holmquest holds a faculty appointment as Visiting Professor of Physiology at Baylor College of Medicine, and works in the private practice of Nuclear Medicine.


When selected for the astronaut program, Dr. Holmquest was serving an internship at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. For four years he was a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He logged 750 hours flying time in jet aircraft prior to resigning from NASA.

Dr. Holmquest was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in August 1967. After completing initial academic training and a 53-week course in flight training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, he worked on Skylab habitability systems and medical experiments for a period of 1 1/2 years. After an academic leave of absence for the purpose of pursuing medical research and further training in nuclear medicine and after a year at the Eisenhower Medical Center, he assumed the position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the new College of Medicine at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He now practices medicine on a full-time basis.


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