Paul Edward Brandenberger

Paul Edward Brandenberger, 83, of Friendswood, TX, passed away December 19, 2016, surrounded by his adoring family at Clear Lake Regional Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

Paul was born March 6, 1933 in Holland, Indiana, to Paul and Gusta (Kemper) Brandenberger.  He was preceded in death by wife Lynda, son Jeffery Lee, his parents, and sister Ruth.  Paul is survived by his son Paul James of Friendswood, TX, son John & wife Leigh of Houston, TX, son Jay & wife Donna of Friendswood, TX, grandchildren Amber Lucas & husband Chad, Aaron Brandenberger, Alyssa Brandenberger, and great-grandchildren Aria and Corbin Lucas.

Paul grew up on a farm in southern Indiana and became the president of the local Future Farmers of America in high school.  He joined the army in 1952 and was a veteran of the Korean War.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of New Mexico, and a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.  At the age of 23, Paul met the love of his life, Lynda, and married her the following year.  Paul joined NASA in 1962 and took part in the Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle, and Space Station programs.  After retiring from NASA in 1996, Paul became a very passionate orchid grower along with his wife, Lynda.  At one point, they had over 4,500 orchid plants in a greenhouse he built in his backyard.

“Dad, you were an inspiration to all of us, and you will be deeply missed.”

The family will receive friends starting at 2pm on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster.  A memorial service will begin at 3pm.

Please consider making a contribution to a charity of your choice or a Memorial Gift to the National Parkinson Foundation in honor of Paul Edward Brandenberger.




  1. Worked with Paul 25 years ago. Very nice man. Sorry for your lose.

    Pat Daniel
  2. I joined MSC in the same Management Intern class as Paul (1963), then worked with him in the E & D management office for the next 15 years or so. I enjoyed knowing and working with him and seeing him around town a few times after retirement. My condolences to his family.
    Bob Sampson

    Bob Sampson
  3. Paul was a real gentleman. It was always my pleasure to work with him. No organization can have too many employees like

  4. Too many of our wonderful NASA colleagues like Paul Brandenberger who accomplished so much during the 1960s and 1970’s are now beginning to pass and are no longer on this earth with us. We continue to love and miss all of them.

    “The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time we own. Live, love, learn, enjoy to the utmost the wonderful hours each of us has left. Place no faith in time … for our clock of life may soon be still.”
    James Visentine
    NASA Class of 1964

    James Visentine

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