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Allan Murdock Mccaskill ’50 *52

Published in June 5, 2002, issue

Following emergency surgery, Allan died on June 27, 2001. He was born in NYC and graduated from Western [DC] High School. At Princeton he earned a BSE and MSE in aeronautical engineering and was a member of Tower Club.

Early on, he worked for Douglas Aircraft. In 1960 Allan joined Analytical Services, returning to northern Virginia. Four years later he moved to the newly formed Commercial Satellite Corp. (COMSAT) to head its satellite launch division. From 1978 until he retired in 1993 he managed launch vehicle and satellite programs for the International Telecommunication Satellite Organization (INTELSAT). Allan was instrumental in establishing policies and practices for commercial users of satellite launchers. The Washington Post wrote that the respect shown to INTELSAT today as a world leader is due in large part to his contributions.

Allan's hobbies included golf, which he enjoyed with his wife, JoAnne, gardening, and classical music.

The class extends its sympathy to JoAnne, son Robert '78, daughters Susan and Kyle, and five grandchildren who survive him.

The Class of 1950

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