C. Harold Lambert, Jr.

C. Harold Lambert Jr. (Hal), 1935-2021 of League City, Texas passed on February 19, 2021. Hal was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia; the son of Cheever Harold Lambert and Marie Hale Lambert. Hal is preceded in death by his parents, sister Wini Carter, son Timothy Lambert, and grandson Josiah Lambert.

Hal is survived by his wife of 63 years, Diane Harpold Lambert, sons Michael Lambert and wife Roxanne of Columbia, MO., and Richard Lambert and wife Tracy of Fayetteville, AR.  Grandchildren Jessica Lambert of Lubbock, Jacob Lambert of Dallas, and step-granddaughter Heather Wedel of Chicago.

Hal graduated in 1957 with a BS degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of North Georgia.  He received a commission in the U.S. Army as 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation.

Hal was very proud of his 50-year space operations career with NASA.  Starting with anti-aircraft missile systems at Fort Bliss through the Apollo, Space Shuttle and Space Station Freedom programs at Langley Research Center and Johnson Space Flight Center.    Hal was instrumental in heat shield development, Lunar Module and Lunar Rover subsystems, and Shuttle Payload Integration.

After retiring Hal and Diane traveled nationally and internationally.  Hal enjoyed the Strawberry Squares Dancing Club of Pasadena, cards, dominoes, gardening and fishing.  They both volunteered locally with the Galveston Grand Opera House and the Bay Area Meals on Wheels.

Those wishing to make a donation in Hal’s name may do so to the following organizations:



The family will hold a private burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.


  1. Dear Hal, I hope you are resting and at peace.
    We here on this earth will miss you. I was just thinking
    the other day about you & Diane and thinking we sould visit.
    It was a great pleasure supporting you in the
    NASA Flight Integration operations.
    We shall meet again.
    With love, Diana

    Diana Moore
  2. Paul and I are so sad to hear of Hal’s passing. We have such wonderful memories of traveling with you and Hal in the rv group. We had so much fun when you spent time with us in the Florida Keys. Diane you and your family will be in our prayers at this difficult time. Rest In Peace Hal!!
    Paul and Sue Brown

    Paul and Sue Brown
  3. Rest in peace, Hal. You were a NASA space exploration pioneer. I worked with you often on Space Shuttle. You were a mentor and great leader helping those who followed you reach even further. Thank you for you total commitment to America and NASA’s mission. God Bless. I look forward to seeing you again at the resurrection.
    Frank Buzzard

    Frank Buzzard
  4. Diane and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We certainly did have some good times RVing and Square Dancing. Those are the memories to cherish. We’ll miss Hal’s good humor and sly smile.

    Terrilee Maudlin
  5. I’m very sorry to hear this news. I worked closely with Hal on the payload integration and flight design for several Shuttle flights. A pleasure to work with and also had a great sense of humor. My sincere condolences to the family.

    Gene Ricks

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