OBITUARY: Timothy H. Hanrahan, 90, of Satellite, Passed Away Saturday, April 18
By Space Coast Daily // April 27, 2020
Involved in the U.S. space program from the very beginning
BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE, FLORIDA – On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Timothy H. Hanrahan, loving husband, and father of four children, passed away at age 90.
Tim was born on May 8, 1929, in El Paso, Texas to Timothy B. and Mary (Ward) Hanrahan. He received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1950.
Involved in the U.S. space program from the very beginning, Tim first worked as a test engineer for newly developed rocket engines at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico.
In 1958, Tim and his family moved to Satellite Beach, Florida where he worked at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center for the Ramo-Woodridge Corporation (later TRW) responsible for the launch operations of Atlas ICBM, MIDAS, SAMSOS, and Mercury launch vehicles.
In 1963, Tim was hired by the newly formed Aerospace Corporation to be their program director for Titan III ELV. He later became the Principle Director of the Aerospace Regional Office responsible for the technical management of all USAF launch vehicle and spacecraft operations.
He retired from The Aerospace Corporation in 1996. During his career, Tim participated in over 800 test and launch operations. Considered to be one of the “original rocket men” at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center, Tim was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 by the National Space Club.
Tim was married to Pat Barden in El Paso on July 4, 1953. They raised one son, Sean, and three daughters, Shannon, Kerry, and Maureen.
Tim had a passion for many things. Chief among these were The Barbershop Harmony Society and Notre Dame football. Tim was a founder and active member of the Greater Canaveral Chorus, Sunshine District President 1986-87, and the Society’s International President 1996-97.
He was also Vice-president of the local Melbourne Notre Dame Alumni Club as well as a member of the University of Notre Dame Alumni Senate. Tim was one of the original parishioners and Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church.
Tim was preceded in death by his father, Tim, mother, Mary, sister, Maryanne, and wife, Pat. He is survived by his four children, Sean (Susie), Shannon (Richard), Kerry (Geoff), Maureen (Jerry), eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held mid-summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent In Memory of Tim Hanrahan to the Harmony Foundation International, P.O. Box 24030, Nashville, TN 37202 or HERE.
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