NOAA Heritage Program

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Steven Wilson NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Mr. Steven Wilson was born at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines in 1959.  He studied Food Science and Technology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Wilson worked as a USDA poultry and then NOAA fishery products inspector.  In 1988, he became Deputy Branch Chief for the National Marine Fisheries Service.  He also worked as Deputy Director of Field Operations, Chief Quality Officer, and Assistant Director of Quality and Technology.

Molly Graham Silver Spring, MD NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Elbert W. “Joe” Friday NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Dr. Elbert "Joe" Friday, Jr. was born in De Queen, Arkansas, in 1939.  Elbert graduated from high school in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he studied engineering physics and graduated in 1961.  Upon graduation, Joe received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and went on to complete his master's and PhD in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.  Friday served for 20 years in the Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam as Weather Detachment Commander.

Molly Graham , , , , , Edmond, OK NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Richard Feely NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Dr. Richard Feely grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Influenced by his love of the outdoors and exposure to Jacques Cousteau, Feely knew he would grow up to be an environmental scientist as early as the eighth grade. He earned his degree from St. Thomas University in his hometown, graduating with a degree in Chemistry in 1969. Feely then earned his master's and Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from Texas A&M University. He has worked for the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, from 1974 until the present.

Molly Graham , Lynnwood, WA NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Max Mayfield NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Max Mayfield was born on September 19, 1948, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma, earning a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. He began his career with the National Weather Service in 1972 and held various positions within the organization before becoming the director of the National Hurricane Center in 2000. Mayfield pursued further education at Florida State University, obtaining a Master of Science degree in Meteorology. During his tenure, he provided expertise and guidance during numerous significant hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Molly Graham , , Miami, FL NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Dick Rutkowski NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Mr. Rutkowski retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1985 with 33 years of federal service. He served as Deputy Diving Coordinator. He was founder and director of the NOAA Diving/Hyperbaric Training and Diver Treatment Facility from 1973 to 1985 where hundreds of divers have been treated. He also served as co-director for the NOAA/UHMS three week physicians diving and hyperbaric medical training program for the past 21 years.

Molly Graham Key Largo, FL NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Tim Osborn NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Tim is a native of Tampa, Florida and the son of school teachers. He graduated from Florida State University in Marine Biology. Earning two graduate degrees at Louisiana State University, he was awarded a Fellowship in the NOAA Sea Grant Program and worked as a staffer in the U.S. Senate.

Molly Graham , Lafayette, LA NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Maureen Kenny NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Captain Maureen Kenny was born in 1953 in Richmond, California. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1975 with a degree in Mathematics, and immediately joined the NOAA Corps when she was twenty-two. After training at Kings Point Maritime Academy, Captain Kenny reported to the NOAA Ship Davidson in Anchorage, Alaska. Her assignments took her all over the country throughout her career. She also attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and earned her master's in Oceanography/Hydrography.

Molly Graham Silver Spring, MD NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
William Stubblefield NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Rear Admiral William Stubblefield was born and raised in Medina, Tennessee.  He attended Memphis State University and graduated in 1962 with a major in secondary education and a minor in chemistry.  After graduation, Stubblefield was commissioned in the United States Navy and attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island.  He served on a minesweeper and ice breaker at sea, operating all over the globe.

Molly Graham , , Martinsburg, West Virginia NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service
Mary Glackin NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Mary Glackin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954.  She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1982 with a degree in computer science and coursework in meteorology.  Mary started her career with General Electric before coming to the National Weather Service in 1997, where she worked for twenty years, working her way from Computer Specialist to Meteorologist to Program Manager for the Advanced Weather Forecast Information System.

Molly Graham , Jacksonville, FL NOAA Heritage Program
Pamela Heinselman NOAA Heritage Oral History Project

Dr. Pamela Heinselman was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1970 and moved to Maryland before her first birthday.  She came back to Missouri to study at St. Louis University, earning an undergraduate and master of science degree in meteorology there.  She went on to the University of Illinois to pursue a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, but left after a semester to work for the University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies.  Her work there focused on the Weather Surveillance Radar-1988 Doppler which was being implemented throughout the U.S.

Molly Graham Boston, MA NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service