Jack Swigert

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John L. Swigert, Jr.
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Member-elect of the United States House of Representatives from
Colorado's 6th district
In office
November 2, 1982 – December 27, 1982
Succeeded byDaniel Schaefer
Personal details
BornAugust 30, 1931
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
DiedDecember 27, 1982(1982-12-27) (aged 51)
Washington D.C., U.S.
Resting placeMount Olivet Cemetery,
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)none
Childrennone
ParentsJohn L. Swigert, M.D.
Virginia Swigert
Alma materUniversity of Colorado,
B.S. 1953
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S. 1965
University of Hartford,
MBA 1967
OccupationFighter pilot, test pilot
ReligionCatholic [1]
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branchU.S. Air Force (1953–1956)
MA ANG (1957–1960)
CT ANG (1960–1965)
Years of service1953–1965

John Leonard "Jack" Swigert, Jr. (August 30, 1931 – December 27, 1982) was an American test pilot, mechanical engineer, aerospace engineer, United States Air Force pilot, and NASA astronaut, one of the 24 persons who have flown to the Moon.[2][3] After leaving NASA, he was elected to Congress from Colorado's new 6th district, but died before being sworn in.

Swigert died in Washington, D.C. from respiratory failure caused by nose cancer, aged 51.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ex-astronaut gets eulogized". Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. January 5, 1983. p. 10D.
  2. Eicher, Diane (December 19, 1982). "Ex-astronaut's challenge". Beaver County Times. (Denver Post). p. B2.
  3. Treaster, Joseph B. (December 29, 1982). "Jack Swigert, astronaut elected to Congress, dies". New York Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  4. "Jack Swigert loses fight against cancer". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. Dec 28, 1982. p. 4D.

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