1983 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"If you choose to do thing you like to do, you will do them well."
Fred O'Green, the son of immigrants, grew up in Iowa. He taught music in high school, but decided to go into engineering when he enrolled at Iowa State University. During his college years, he waited tables and joined symphony and concert bands. After college, he got a job at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and at the same time completed work for a master's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland. Eventually, he helped pioneer the country's early entry into space in the late 1950s. As technical director of all space programs and assistant general manager of Lockheed Industries' space division, O'Green was involved in helping to accelerate the U. S. space program during the period after the launch of the Soviet Union's Sputnik I.* Deceased