Richard G. Arbic
Departed in Melbourne, Florida, on March 14, 2019
Richard G. Arbic, age 95, died on March 14, 2019. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, the family moved to Gainesville, FL when he was four years old. At the age of nine he earned to play the violin and by age sixteen, he was playing the first violin in the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. During high school he had a series of jobs and used the money to take flying lessons. Richard was drafted in the army in 1942 fought at the Battle of the Bulge. When he returned home he finished his education at University of Florida, graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. The US Government came calling and began his working career with NACA (predecessor of NASA) in 1949 at Langley Field, Virginia. Richard was Systems Engineer with the Air Force on missile programs from 1956 to 1959 at which time he transferred to NASA to work on project Mercury in 1959. He held various engineering positions with NASA during projects Mercury, Gemini, and was Director of Launch Operations for Apollo. Retired in December 1978 as Branch Chief on the shuttle program. Richard’s favorite pastime was flying with a friend with whom he owned an airplane. He was a former member of the Melbourne Men’s Golf Association.
Predeceased by his first wife, Maria Hafkenscheid, and a daughter, Cynthia Maria Arbic, and is survived by his wife, Loretta Mills Arbic, and his four children, Anita A Bunton, Lillian A. McCue, Vivian A. Wynkoop, and Paul Richard Arbic, and one sister, Colette Greig, of Flat Rock, North Carolina, in addition, ten grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Services will be held March 30, at 2:00 pm, at the Brownlie-Maxwell Chapel.