Herbert J. Fivehouse

Age 92: Space program administrator

May 07, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Herbert J. Fivehouse, a retired administrator in the space exploration program of the 1960s, died of pneumonia complications April 30 at Brook Grove Retirement Center in Sandy Springs. The Towson resident was 92.

Born in Patterson, N.J., he moved to Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood in 1939. During World War II, he worked for General Motors and the Army Signal Corps.

After the war, he joined the Air Force Research and Development Command and NASA, where he became director of administration at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He retired more than 30 years ago.

He then served as an energy coordinator for Baltimore City government under Mayor William Donald Schaefer. He was later chairman of the Urban Consortium Energy Task Force and the Maryland Local Government Energy Steering Committee.

In 1981, he was chairman of the Greater Baltimore Billy Graham Crusade held at the old Memorial Stadium.

He was a founding member of Hunt Valley Church, a Presbyterian congregation.

He was also a past chairman of the Christian Businessmen's Club and the Metro Maryland Youth for Christ.

He was previously associated with Timonium Presbyterian Church and the Open Bible Tabernacle.

Services were held Monday in Hunt Valley.

Survivors include three daughters, Janice Wormington of Abingdon, Pa., Joyce Derby of Olney and Nancy Camp of Glenwood; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His wife of 67 years, the former Elinor Highman, died in 2006.

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