Don Nolan-Proxmire Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1983) Michael Finneran Langley Research Center, Hampton

, VA (Phone: 804/864-6121) RELEASE: 96-127

July 2, 1996

NASA LANGLEY DIRECTOR PAUL F. HOLLOWAY TO STEP DOWN Paul F. Holloway has announced he is stepping down as director of NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, no later than early October 1996. Holloway said he is stepping down now to allow the appointment of a center director who could make a longer-term commitment to steering Langley through the challenges facing the Agency for the rest of the decade. "This is the lull before the November election, and after that Langley is going to need the services of a center director who is willing to stick around for a while," said Holloway, a Langley employee since the beginning of his aerospace career in June 1960. "Everyone knows I have been considering leaving within the next two or three years, and this is a good time to do it." "Paul Holloway will be missed," said NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. "His career spans almost the entire history of the Space Age, and his many achievements at Langley are a tribute to his talent, his professionalism and his dedication to the importance of NASA aeronautical programs. We wish him all the best in the future." Holloway said stepping down is not easy. "This has been my life for so many years, and I have made many friends. But I am confident that the wonderful people of Langley will carry on the reputation of this center as a world-class facility." Holloway was named center director in October 1991 and is the sixth since Langley was founded in 1917 as the nation's first civilian aeronautical research laboratory. Langley has about 4,500 civil service and contractor employees and a $633.8-million fiscal 1996 budget. Holloway's technical expertise is in hypersonic

aerodynamics, boundary layer transition and flow separation, analysis of entry flight mechanics and Earth orbital and planetary space missions. He has written 42 technical publications in his fields of expertise. Holloway began his NASA career at Langley in June 1960 as an aerospace research engineer. He was appointed head of the Systems Analysis Section, Aero-Physics Division, in 1969; head of the Aerospace Operations Analysis Branch, Space Systems Division, in 1971; and chief of the Space Systems Division in 1972. In May 1975, Holloway became director for space. In February 1985, he was named deputy director of Langley. Holloway has earned numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal, the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Service, and two Senior Executive Service Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society, and is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Holloway graduated from Poquoson High School, Virginia in 1956 as salutatorian and has a bachelor of science degree and honors in aeronautical engineering from The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He and his wife, the former Barbara Menetch, live in Poquoson and have one son, Eric Scott, who lives in the same city. - end -