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In Memoriam - Nathaniel Villaire

December 06, 2018

In Memoriam - Nathaniel Villaire

AsMA was saddened to learn of the death of Nathaniel E. “Nat” Villaire, who was a Fellow of AsMA and a Professor Emeritus at the College of Aeronautics at Florida Tech.

   He earned a B.S. in Microbiology/Zoology at the University of George in 1962, took the pulmonary physiology course at the School of Aerospace Medicine in 1969, and was qualified in hypobaric and hyperbaric physiology that same year. He also graduated from the human life support training course at the School of Aerospace Medicine in 1974. He additionally held a Master’s in Financial Management (1980), an Ed.S. in Higher Education (1987), and an Ed.D., also in Higher Education (1991).
   Dr. Villaire was a military pilot from 1962 to 1968, retiring as a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, a veteran of the Vietnam War, and having earned the Bronze Star. He then became Director of Pulmonary Training at Ehrling-Bergquist Regional Hospital in Omaha, NE, and then was Director of Life Support Systems from 1970–1971. In 1971, he took a position as Director of Hypobaric Physiology at Regional Hospital, Langley, VA. He then transferred to become Senior Plant Manager of DoD Communications in Columbus, MS, in 1975. He was promoted to Director of System Analysis in 1978 and then became Assistant Manager of DoD Communications in 1980 in Hampton, VA. In 1981 he took a position as Instructor of Human Sexuality, Biology and Ecology at Los Angeles Metropolitan College. During that period, he also was Senior U.S. Air Traffic Liaison for the Republic of Korea. In 1982 he became DoD Director of Terminal Approach and Landing Control Systems and in 1983 became Adjunct Faculty at Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College. In 1984, he took a position as Science and Math Teacher (and Coach) at Hampton Roads Academy in Virginia.
   Dr. Villaire joined Florida Tech in 1990 and created the college’s aviation safety degree and was the chairman of its graduate program. He taught undergraduate courses in aviation physiology, national airspace system, aviation meteorology, aviation safety and air traffic control, and graduate courses in advanced aviation physiology. He retired in 2014 but remained active. Just last year, he led a team of researchers, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and Space Florida, in exploring how commercial space vehicles will be part of the national airspace system. An online obituary can be found at http://www.beachfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3669915/Villaire-Nathaniel/service-details.php.