Distinguished Jasper Native Dies in Alabama

In the photo at the right Schwinghamer (left) is shown standing next to Walt Disney as they listen to Dr. Wehrher von Braun (far right) in 1965.   In the 1950s Dr. von Braun appeared on three Disney TV shows related to space exploration.

R. J. Schwinghamer (left) is shown standing next to Walt Disney as they listen to Dr. Wernher von Braun (far right) in 1965. In the 1950s Dr. von Braun appeared on three Disney TV shows related to space exploration.

By Jerry Birge/NewsNow Dubois County 

 

Jasper native Robert John (R.J.) Schwinghamer, one of the nation’s foremost experts in the field of aerospace materials and process engineering, died Monday in Huntsville, Alabama (read his obituary here).

For many years he was a member of the Dr. Wernher von Braun rocket research and development teams at NASA’s George C. Marshall Flight Center in Huntsville.

NewsNow Dubois County is compiling a special report on Schwinghamer, one of Jasper High School’s best-known, most-accomplished graduates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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