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In Memoriam - Fred Kelly

September 25, 2018

In Memoriam - Fred Kelly

AsMA was saddened to hear of the death of Glenn Frederick “Fred” Kelly, M.D.

   A native of Baton Rouge, LA, he trained in Aerospace Medicine in Naval pre-flight training and in courses preparing for an aeronautical engineering degree from 1945-1946. He left the Navy in 1946 to study medicine and earned his M.D. at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA in 1951. From 1951-1952, he served a rotating internship at U.S. Naval Hospital in Pensacola, FL, and then undertook more training and research at the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola in 1952. He became a Flight Surgeon in late 1952 at Mobile RASRON 121 Vieques in Puerto Rico and also opened a General Practice.
   In 1955, he took the position of Flight Surgeon at Hickam AFB, HI, and then became a Student Naval Aviator in 1957 in Pensacola. From 1958 to 1961, he served as Head of the Biomedical Division, Life Sciences Department, at the Naval Missile Center, Pt. Mugu, CA. In 1961 until 1963, he was a Flight Surgeon/Aviator at CVG-4 in Jacksonville, FL. He was transferred to the USS Lexington in 1963, where he served as Senior Medical Officer. In 1964, he became Supervisory Aerospace Medical Officer at NASA in Houston, TX, where, in 1967, he was one of the physicians who dealt with the aftermath of the Apollo 1 fire. During his career, he also served the Royal Saudi Air Force. He later became an author, writing “The Fourth Generation,” and “Indestructible.” He also served as a consultant to the Aeromedical Training Wing of the Egyptian Air Force for Krug International.
   Dr. Kelly was certified in Aerospace Medicine in 1968 by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He was an Aviation Medical Examiner and became a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association in 1959. He published over 12 papers, 2 abstracts, and had 5 unpublished reports. His honors included the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and he twice received the NASA Group Achievement Medal.