Al Graham died on Sept. 13, 2001, of a brain tumor. Born in Princeton, Al's ties to the university were deep. His father was a faculty member, and two uncles were alumni. An economics major and member of Terrace Club, Al was on the track team all four years, and retained a lifelong interest in running. Graduating on June 16, 1959, Al was commissioned in the Marines on June 17, and married Martha Dix on June 18.
Three years in the Marines and two sons later, Al and Martha took up residence in DC, where Al began work as a financial analyst for NASA. They later moved to Grafton, Va., where Al worked on the Viking Mars landing and a variety of other aeronautics projects, including wake vortex research. He retired from NASA in Mar. 2001, and Al and Martha celebrated with a 70-mile kayak trip along the coast of Baja California, and a climb in the Himalayas of Nepal. He learned of his brain tumor in June.
Al is survived by Martha, his wife of 42 years, his sons, George and William, his father and stepmother, and two sisters. A daughter, Rosanna '88, died in 1993.
The Class of 1959