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Molly Graham

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Albert "Skip" Theberge, Jr.

Captain Albert “Skip” Theberge, Jr. was born in 1946 in Coquille, Oregon.  When Skip was three years old, his family moved to Santa Cruz, where he learned to surf and because fascinated with the ocean.  He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a professional degree in geological engineering. Skip also has a master’s degree in management from the Naval Postgraduate School.  In 1969, Theberge was commissioned as an ensign in the ESSA Corps, which soon became NOAA Corps. He retired with the rank of captain in 1995, after nearly 27 years of commissioned service.

Molly Graham , , Gainesville, VA NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Doug Whiteley

Doug Whiteley is the Division Chief of the Research to Operations and Project Planning Division (ROPPD). As Chief of ROPPD, Doug oversees pre-formulation and early formulation for new satellite systems as well as the execution of studies for project alternatives, such as foreign partnerships leveraging data and/or instrument exchanges, small-sats, payload hosting, commercial alternatives, and technology maturation to identify specific potential solutions to NESDIS top-level requirements.

Molly Graham Silver Spring, MD NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Edward Rappaport

Dr. Ed Rappaport was born in 1957 in Southern California. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.  Ed then received his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Rappaport began at NHC as a post-doctoral fellow for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Molly Graham Miami, FL NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
James McFadden

Dr. James McFadden was born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1934.  He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and graduated with a degree in geology.  In 1960, James was offered a research assistantship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's meteorology program.  He spent five years in Madison and earned his PhD in meteorology.  In 1965, McFadden came to work for the Environmental Science Services Administration's Sea-Air Laboratory, part of the Office of Meteorological Research in Washington, D.C. as a research scientist.

Molly Graham Lakeland, FL NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Eddie Bernard

Dr. Eddie Bernard was born in 1946 in Houston, Texas.  He attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he met his wife Shirley and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics (with honors).

Molly Graham Bellevue, WA NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Philip Powell

Phil Powell was born in 1965 in Woburn, Massachusetts.  His family moved to Swampscott shortly after he was born.  He grew up and still lives in Swampscott. In high school, Phil started to work as a fisherman with some local fishermen.  When he was nineteen years old, Phil bought his first boat.  He has been gillnetting and lobstering off and on since then.

Molly Graham Gloucester, MA NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Cape Ann Partnership for Science, Technology, and the Natural Environment Strengthening Community Resilience in America’s Oldest Seaport
John Bossler

Dr. John Bossler was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1936.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in civil engineering in 1959 and went to work for the Coast and Geodetic Survey.  John earned a master's and PhD in Geodetic Science from Ohio State University.  Until 1986, John served as Director of the Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS) and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS).  As Director of C&GS, he was an Admiral in the NOAA Commissioned Corps.  In 1987, Bossler became a professor and Director of the Center for Mapping at Ohio State University.

Molly Graham Fort Myers, FL NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Nir Barnea

Nir Barnea was born in Israel in 1956. Nir’s father, Daniel Barnea, survived the Holocaust, while his grandparents were deported and killed in Auschwitz in 1945.  Nir graduated in 1974 from Har Vagai High School in Upper Galilee, Israel, and served in the Israel Defense Forces until 1977.  Nir immigrated to the United States and earned his BS in Microbiology from the University of Washington, in Seattle.  He continued his graduate education at UW, earning a master’s degree in Environmental Health.  Nir is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist. From 1992 until his retirement in 2020, Mr.

Molly Graham Seattle, WA NOAA Heritage Program, National Weather Service NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Pamela Heinselman

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 NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project
Maureen Kenny

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 NOAA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project