- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2005

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Edward Schwarm, an electrical engineer whose work on the Apollo space program helped NASA land the first man on the moon, died May 20 of skin cancer at his home on Cape Cod. He was 82.

Mr. Schwarm was working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when the school teamed up with NASA on the Apollo missions. He developed some of the technology used in the Apollo 11 mission, the first lunar landing, and was part of the team that helped the Apollo 13 astronauts return safely to Earth.

He also was an accomplished inventor who held 11 patents for innovations in space aviation and electronic power systems.

During World War II, the Milwaukee native left the University of Wisconsin at Madison to join the Army. In England, he was a second lieutenant and engineering officer, supervising a 120-member crew that repaired B-24 bombers. He also frequently filled in as a co-pilot.

He started working at MIT in the 1950s. In the 1970s, he founded an electronics consulting business that conducted some of the first research on high-speed electric trains.

Mr. Schwarm and Erla, his wife of 62 years, were world travelers who visited all seven continents and sailed around the world three times. She died two months ago.


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