Charles Lacy Veach, an astronaut and two-time space flier, died yesterday of complications from cancer at his home in Houston, NASA said. He was 51.
Mr. Veach had not flown in space since 1992. He helped operate telescopes during a military mission aboard Discovery in 1991 and flew again the next year on a science mission by Columbia.
The former Air Force fighter pilot flew 275 combat missions in Vietnam. He later was a member of the Air Force air demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds, before leaving active duty in 1981.
Mr. Veach joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1982 as an engineer and research pilot at Johnson Space Center in Houston. He was selected as an astronaut in 1984.
James W. Aston, 83, a banker and civic leader, died Monday in Dallas of complications from a stroke.
Finbar Devine, 65, a police sergeant who led kilted Irish bagpipers up Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick's Day Parade for 35 years, died Saturday in New York.