Bill Berry's retirement from NASA ARC

Status Report From: Ames Research Center
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

TO: Resident Staff

FROM: Henry McDonald, Director

SUBJECT: Retirement of William E. Berry

The Center Deputy Director, William E. "Bill" Berry has announced that he will retire from federal service on May 3, 2002.

Mr. Berry began his federal career as a co-op student with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 1962-64. After graduation from the DDrexel Institute of Technology, he returned to NASA at the Ames Research Center in 1966 and served in many key technical and management roles including Chief of the Advanced Life Support Division and of the Life Science Flight Project Office. He acted as Director of the Space Research Directorate for 2 years and was the Associate Center Director for Institutional Management before being named as Center Deputy Director in 1997. He has also served at NASA Headquarters in 1993-94 as the Deputy Director of the Life & Biomedical Sciences and Applications Division. He is a 1986 graduate of Stanford University's prestigious Sloan Program.

Some of Mr. Berry's important contributions to the Center have been made in the Bio-Satellite, Mars Viking, and Pioneer Venus projects. He led the Center's development of its on-going life science flight experiments activities on Shuttle, Mir, and the International Space Station. Most recently, he has been the leader in the beginnings of the transformation of the Ames Moffett complex into the NASA Research Park, a world-renowned research and development complex through partnerships with industry, academic and other government agencies.

Mr. Berry received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in 1996, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1998 and the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2001.

Throughout his career, Bill has been an exceptional individual and a dedicated civil servant. His contributions to the Center have been both many and outstanding. In recent years, he has been a highly valued member of the Center's senior management team and a prime mover in the NASA Research Park. He will be greatly missed, but we wish him continued success in all his endeavors as he retires from the Agency.

Details regarding a farewell event are still being prepared. They will be announced as soon as they are available.

Until a permanent appointment is made, Nancy Bingham, Associate Director for Systems Management & Planning, will serve as Acting Deputy Director when Mr. Berry retires.

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