Gregory B. Jarvis

Born August 24, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan.  Gregory B. Jarvis received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.  Jarvis is survived by his wife, Marcia Jarboe Jarvis.

Captain Jarvis left active duty with the Air Force to join Hughes Aircraft Company's Space and Communications group.  Gregory Jarvis was chosen from over 600 engineering applicants at Hughes to become a payload specialist.  He was assigned to fly on space shuttle Challenger STS 51-L, where his duties were to conduct fluid dynamics experiments that would have tested the reaction of satellite propellants to various shuttle maneuvers. 

Jarvis was assigned as a payload specialist on space shuttle Challenger STS 51-L, which broke apart one minute and 13 seconds after its launch.

Gregory B. Jarvis made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his life in service to the nation and the space program on January 28, 1986 at 41 years of age.