Saturday, August 20, 2011


Dr. Herman E. Thomason, 85, of Madison passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2011. He was born Oct. 24, 1925.

Dr. Thomason was a veteran of the Merchant Marines, and the United States Army and Air Force.  He served in World War II with the Army and the Korean conflict with the Air Force. Dr. Thomason was a recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in World War II.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.

He joined the Wernher von Braun team at NASA in 1957, where he worked on the Saturn V, Skylab and shuttle programs. He retired from NASA as deputy director of Science and Engineering.

After his retirement from NASA, Dr. Thomason served as executive vice president at Intergraph. Following retirement from Intergraph, he joined the team at John Blue Realty.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Donna Jo Thomason; daughter,
Christie Swanner and husband Joey; son, Pat Thomason and wife Sheryl; grandchildren, Ashley Houston, Melinda Thomason, Patrick Thomason, Emily Thomason, Joseph Mitchell and Joel Swanner.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel with the Rev. Dr. Guy E. McCombs officiating. Burial will be in Huntsville Memory  Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 3209 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, AL 35802, where he was a longstanding member.

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