In Memory of Glynn S. Lunney H’71 (November 27, 1936 – March 19, 2021)

Legendary NASA engineer and University of Scranton alumnus Glynn S. Lunney passed away on March 19th at the age of 84. Lunney was lead flight director at NASA for Apollo 1, 4, 7, and 10, and on duty as flight director during the Apollo 11 moon landing. A native of Old Forge, Lunney graduated from Scranton Prep and studied at the University until 1955 before receiving his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Detroit. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Scranton in 1971, conferred by president Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J., who received an autographed moon landing photo from Lunney (see below). He will be remembered for his incredible contributions to US spaceflight.

The full citation for his 1971 honorary doctor of laws degree is in our digital collections. If you’re on campus, you can also browse newspaper clippings concerning his honorary degree and undergraduate commencement address.