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Alan Mathieson Lovelace (September 4, 1929 – April 18, 2018) was the Deputy Administrator of NASA from July 2, 1976, to July 10, 1981.[1] He filled in as acting Administrator twice: once during the Jimmy Carter administration to fill the May 2 to June 20, 1977, vacancy left by the retirement of James C. Fletcher, and again during the start of Ronald Reagan's administration from January 21 to July 10, 1981, until Reagan's choice James M. Beggs was confirmed by Congress.

Alan M. Lovelace
Alan Lovelace, official NASA photo portrait.jpg
Born(1929-09-04)September 4, 1929
DiedApril 18, 2018(2018-04-18) (aged 88)
Alma materUniversity of Florida in Gainesville
Scientific career
FieldsOrganic Chemistry
InstitutionsNASA
ThesisThe use of the peroxide-catalyzed reactions of bromofluoromethanes in the preparation of olefins and dienes containing fluorines (1954)
Doctoral advisorPaul Tarrant

Lovelace was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1951, received a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry in 1952 and became a Doctor of Philosophy in 1954, also in Organic Chemistry.[1][2]

In June 1981, Lovelace was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Ronald Reagan.

Lovelace died at an assisted living facility in Melbourne, Florida, on April 18, 2018.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Alan M. Lovelace". NASA. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  2. ^ Lovelace, Alan Mathieson (1954). The use of the peroxide-catalyzed reactions of bromofluoromethanes in the preparation of olefins and dienes containing fluorines (Ph.D.). University of Florida. OCLC 671323793 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ "Alan Lovelace (1929-2018)". Legacy.com.