Paul Francis Flanagan, 75, scientist with NASA’s Apollo space program

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Paul Francis Flanagan
        Paul Francis Flanagan

Paul Francis Flanagan, 75, was born November 15, 1940, in Boston, Mass., and passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016. He grew up in Abington, Mass., and was a 1958 graduate of Thayer Academy in Braintree.

He received his B.S. in math and physics from the University of Miami in 1967. He was recruited by NASA at the university and upon graduation began work at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in the Mission Planning and Analysis Division, Math Physics Branch. His work spanned the Apollo missions 7 through 12, which included being present in mission control during the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

From 1970 to 1984, he was a systems analyst for the private aerospace engineering firm Analytical Mechanics Associates (AMA) at their Greenbelt, Md., Mountain View, Calif., and Hampton offices. In 1984, he retired from AMA due to severe chronic progressive multiple sclerosis.

His only child, a daughter, Jean, was born two years later in Williamsburg. Although he was quadriplegic since her birth, Paul was an involved, loving father and husband. Together, with Catherine, his wife of 39 years, Paul built a strong and close family. He died peacefully at home at the age of 75 in their loving presence.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine M. Flanagan of Williamsburg; daughter, Jean C. Flanagan, and her partner, Oliver M. Pattison, of Washington, D.C.; brother, Peter J. Flanagan of Hallandale Beach, Fla.; aunt, Winnifred O’Shea; and cousins, Henry Miller, Jean Valicenti, Kathleen Steele, Kevin O’Shea, Gary Manis, Laurel Manis, Pamela Shoenborn, Jean Sorgi, Jeanne Vinal, Rita Holiday, Margaret Romanowich, Bobby Vezina, Ricky Vezina and Jim Vezina.

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