Houston, TX Astronaut Killed In Jet Crash, Nov 1964

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Houston, Tex. (AP) -- Capt. THEODORE C. FREEMAN, 34, a U.S. astronaut, was killed today when his T38 jet plane crashed on takeoff.
Confirmation of the death was made by Donald K. Slayton, coordinator of astronaut affairs at the Manned Spacecraft Center here.
The crash occurred at Ellington Air Force Base, about midnight between downtown Houston and the space center installation.

Open Field.
Shortly after the crash in an open field, Slayton and Dr. Charles Berry, medical director at the center, appeared at the nearby FREEMAN home and notified the widow, the former Faith Dudley Clark of Orange, Conn., officially of the death.
The FREEMANS have one daughter, Faith, 10.
FREEMAN'S death is the first for the U.S. astronaut team and reduced the number of astronauts to 28.
Several T38s assigned to the astronaut team are based at Ellington. The planes are used by the astronauts for maintaining their flying time and to facilitate their travels to various space installations
about the country.

Flying Time.
FREEMAN'S parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Freeman, live near Lewes, Del., where he completed his secondary education in 1948.
He had recorded more than 3,000 hours of flying time, including more than 2,000 hours in jet planes.
At the space center, however, FREEMAN attracted much attention by riding a bicycle between his office and his nearby home.

Naval Academy.
FREEMAN attended the University of Delaware for one year and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953 with a bachelor of science degree.
He elected to serve with the Air Force, and in 1960 received a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Big Spring Daily Herald Texas 1964-11-01