Albert W. “Bud” Houston ’51

Albert W. “Bud” Houston ’51 of Cocoa Beach, Fla., died June 17, 2005, at home from complications from cancer. He was the son of John T. Houston, photographer for the Charlotte Observer and Margaret P. Houston, owner of Peggy Houston’s, Inc. After attending Davidson for two years he entered the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1953. He later earned a master’s degree in physics. After numerous sea tours in destroyers and submarines, he commanded two submarines out of San Diego, Calif. He later was active in the Polaris/Poseidon/Trident development and production programs. After retirement from the Navy in 1978, he was employed as an engineer in the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While there he earned the Astronauts ‘Silver Snoopy’ Award for professional excellence. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stender Houston, 207 June Dr., Cocoa Beach, Fla. 32931, formerly of Charleston, S.C., three sons, six grandchildren and a nephew, William L. Houston of Ventura County, Calif.; Thomas A. Houston of Brevard County, Fla.; John Bertram Houston of Brevard County, Fla.; and Allen Bradley Houston of Brevard County, Fla.