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Former resident works on moon flights
Many area alumni returned to this area last week to talk about old times and update friends in their lives. One Leola graduate, with Ipswich ties, brought a souvenir that was truly "way out."
Silver has a plaque bearing a U.S. flag that was taken to the moon in Apollo 16. The certificate is signed by the three astronauts�John Young, Thomas Mattingly II and Charles Duke, Jr. "Thanks for helping to make this possible," is inscribed on the margin of the certificate.
George Silver, LHS Class of 1950, was born northwest of Ipswich on his grandfather's farm. George is the son of Charles H. and Bertha M. (Peterson) Silver. His grandfather was Arthur E. Silver.
He attended Adrian Township #1 school for his early schooling. George said his pre-school education came from his aunt, Nellie (Silver) Ettles of Ipswich, who was a teacher.
After graduation from LHS, he attended South Dakota School of Mines Technology and later SDSU, earning a degree in electrical engineering in 1960. He was also in the Air Force for four years and did construction work.
Silver eventually got a job with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) doing testing and assembly of guidance systems for Apollo command modules and lunar excursion modules (LEM).
He said he was at Kennedy Space Center for the Apollo launches, and then he flew to Houston for crew support until splash down.
He was with MIT for all the Apollo flights and for early space shuttle design. Later he worked on guidance and control for the Trident missile for the Navy.
Silver credits the South Dakota school systems for his successful career.
He retired in 1989 after 25 years with MIT. Silver retired after he found he had Lymes disease, which was eventually cured.
Now Silver lives in Rockledge, Florida. He says he watches the Space Shuttle lift off on the television, then he can go out his back door to follow the Shuttle progress.
He spent time visiting family in the area, including his sister in the Redfield area, his aunt Nellie and other Ipswich relatives and a brother in Minnesota.
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