Former NASA Manned Spaceflight Director Dies 1/2/13
January 12, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Family members say that Dyer Brainerd Holmes, director
of manned space flight for NASA when Americans were making their early forays
into space in the early 1960s, has died.
Holmes' stepson, Pierce Ledbetter, says Holmes died at Baptist Memorial
Hospital East in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday at age 91. Ledbetter says Holmes
died from complications from pneumonia.
Holmes was born in New York in 1921. He was an influential figure in the
aeronautics and aerospace industries during a career that lasted more than 40
According to the NASA History Office, he joined the agency as director of
manned space flight in October 1961. He resigned in June 1963.
During Holmes' time at NASA, John Glenn became the first U.S. astronaut in
orbit on February 20th, 1962, on Mercury-Atlas 6.