National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Joseph P. Kerwin (Captain, MC, USN) NASA Astronaut
- NASA Astronaut
- Born February 19,1932, in Oak Park, Illinois.
His mother, Mrs. Edward M. Kerwin, resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 6 feet;
weight: 177 pounds.
- Graduated from Fenwick High School, Oak Park,
Illinois, in 1949; received a bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy
from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1953;
a doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical
School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1957; completed internship at the
District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C.; and
attended the U.S. Navy School of Aviation Medicine at Pensacola,
Florida, and was designated a naval flight surgeon in December 1958.
- Married to the former Shirley Ann Good of
- Sharon, September 14, 1963; Joanna, January 5, 1966;
Kristina, May 4, 1968.
- His hobbies are reading and classical music.
- Fellow of the Aerospace Medical
Association; member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
- Kerwin, a Captain, has been in the Navy
Medical Corps since July 1958. He earned his wings at Beeville,
Texas, in 1962.
He has logged 4,500 hours flying time.
- Captain Kerwin was selected as a scientist-astronaut
by NASA in June 1965.
Kerwin served as science-pilot for the Skylab 2 (SL-2) mission which launched on
May 25 and terminated on June 22, 1973. With him for the initial activation and
28-day night qualification operations of the Skylab orbital workshop were Charles
Conrad, Jr., (spacecraft commander) and Paul J. Weitz (pilot).
Kerwin was subsequently in charge of the on-orbit branch of the Astronaut Office.
In this capacity, he coordinated astronaut activity involving rendezvous, satellite
deployment and retrieval, and other Shuttle payload operations.
From April 1982 until December 1983, Kerwin served as the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration's senior science representative in Australia. In this
capacity, he served as liaison between NASA's Office of Space Tracking and
Data Systems and Australia's Department of Science and Technology.
- Dr. Kerwin is currently Director, Space and Life Sciences,
Johnson Space Center. In this capacity, he is responsible for direction and
coordination of medical support to operational manned spacecraft programs,
including health care and maintenance of the astronauts and their families;
for direction of life services, supporting research and light experiment
project; and manages JSC earth sciences and scientific efforts in lunar and
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