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Biographical Data



NAME: Frank Borman (Colonel, USAF, Retired) NASA Astronaut
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born March 14, 1928, in Gary Indiana. Currently resides in Miami, Florida.

MARITAL STATUS:
Married to the former Susan Bugbee of Tucson, Arizona

CHILDREN:
Frederick and Edwin.

EDUCATION:
Colonel Borman received most of his early schooling in Tucson, Arizona. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1950 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1957. He completed the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program in 1970.

SPECIAL HONORS:
In addition to many honorary degrees, special honors and service decorations, he is the recipient of the Harmon International Aviation Trophy, the Robert J. Collier Trophy and the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He also serves on the board of directors of the Air Transport Association of America.

EXPERIENCE:
Colonel Borman was a career Air Force officer from l950 to 1970 when he retired with the rank of colonel. Prior to joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's space program in 1962, he served as a fighter pilot with the 44th Fighter Bomber Squadron in the Phillipine Islands, 1951-1953; an operational pilot and instructor in various squadrons in the U.S., 1953-1956; an assistant professor of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics at West Point, 1957-1960; and an experimental test pilot engaged in organizing and administering special projects for the USAF Aerospace Pilot School, 1960-1962.

In 1966 and 1968, Colonel Borman served as special presidential ambassador on trips throughout the Far East and Europe. In 1970, he undertook another special presidential mission, a worldwide tour to seek support for the release of American prisoners of war held by North Vietnam.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Colonel Borman is best known as commander of the Apollo 8 space flight, first manned lunar orbital mission in December, 1968, and previously as commander of the Gemini 7 mission in 1965. In 1967, he served as a member of the Apollo 204 Fire Investigation Board and later became the Apollo program resident manager, heading the team that reengineered the Apollo spacecraft. He also served as field director of NASA's Space Station Task Force.

POST NASA EXPERIENCE:
Frank Borman, astronaut, colonel in the U.S. Air Force, program manager, test pilot and advisor on space programs, became an Eastern Airlines vice president in July of 1970. His association with Eastern began in early 1969 when he served the company as special advisor.

He was named senior vice president-operations group in December of 1970 with administrative responsibility for the company's engineering and maintenance, flight operations and operational coordination divisions. In March of 1974, with the addition of the sales and services division, his duties were expanded to include administration of all groups concerned with the day-to-day operation and sales of the airlines. In July 1974 he was promoted to executive vice president-general operations manager and elected to Eastern's Board of Directors. On May 27, 1975, he was elected president and chief operating officer and was named chief executive officer on December 16, 1975. He became chairman of the Board on December 15, 1976.

In 1966 and 1968, Colonel Borman served as special presidential ambassador on trips throughout the Far East and Europe. In 1970, he undertook another special presidential mission, a worldwide tour to seek support for the release of American prisoners of war held by North Vietnam.

During his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of Eastern, the airline industry went through an enormous change caused by deregulation. During this period Eastern originated several unique programs including profit sharing and wages tied to company profitability. These programs produced the four most profitable years in the company's history. A recalcitrant union forced their abandonment in 1983 and the resulting loses led to the sale of the airline to Texas Air Corporation. Colonel Borman retired from Eastern Airlines in June of 1986.

Colonel Borman was privileged to serve as Special Presidential Ambassador on trips throughout the Far East and Europe, including a worldwide tour to seek support for the release of American Prisoners of war held by North Vietnam.

He received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor from the President of the United States. Colonel Borman also was awarded the Harmon International Aviation Trophy, the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the Tony Jannus Award and the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal--in addition to many honorary degrees, special honors and service decorations. More recently, in September of 1990, Colonel Borman along with fellow Apollo 8 astronauts, Lovell and Anders, was inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame. And in October of 1990 received the Airport Operators Council International Downes Award. In March 1993, he was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Frank Borman was born in Gary, Indiana, and was raised in Tucson, Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1950 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1957. He completed the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program in 1970.

Frank Borman is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Home Depot, National Geographic, Outboard Marine Corporation, Auto Finance Group, Thermo Instrument Systems and American Superconductor. He was named Chief Executive Office of Patlex Corporation in the spring of 1988, and presently holds the titles of Chairman, CEO and President of that Corporation. He has written an autobiography entitled Countdown: An Autobiography of Frank Borman with Robert J. Serling, released October of 1988 and published by Silver Arrow Books, William Morrow and Company, Inc.

He is married to the former Susan Bugbee of Tucson, Arizona. They have two sons, Frederick and Edwin, and four grandchildren. Frank and Susan presently reside in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

UPDATE DECEMBER 1993

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