Roy Frampton Brissenden was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina back in 1919 to Henry and Elsie. At 11 he began working in the family business, founded by his father. That was instrumental in grounding him in industry, craftsmanship and marketing. Graduating from the R.J. Reynolds High School in 1936.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 as a pilot and flight instructor. After being discharged in 1945, he conducted independent study into physics and avionics. He entered North Carolina State College earning a degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. Later that same year he joined the staff at (NASA).
What you may not know about Roy is that he alone, designed the Docking Simulator and supervised its construction. He trained all the Apollo Mission astronauts for lunar orbital flight and landings. His design is now designated as a National Monument and hangs in perpetual display in the NASA Hanger #1244. For his work, he was awarded or was a co-awardee of numerous U.S. patents and several Presidential Citations. He died in Hampton, Virginia in 1999 at 79 just two weeks prior to his 80th birthday.
Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile.