Hubert Joseph Brasseaux

Hubert Joseph Brasseaux born July 11, 1934; died December 6, 2017 at the age of 83. He was born in Beaumont, Texas to Eldridge Joseph Brasseaux and Beulah Pearl Guidry. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Eldridge Joseph Brasseaux, Jr.

Hubert attended public schools in Beaumont, graduating from Beaumont High School in May 1952. He graduated from Lamar State College of Technology (now Lamar University) in May 1956 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. While working at Chance Vought Aircraft in Grand Prairie, Texas; he earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering (Nuclear) from Southern Methodist University in May 1962.

While attending Lamar he met and immediately after graduation married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Scherer on June 3, 1956. Hubert and Shirley enjoyed traveling, tennis, bowling, square dancing, and raising three children. They enjoyed camping as the children were growing up, showing them the wonders of the United States, in Colorado, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington DC., Florida, New York, Louisiana, battle fields of the Civil War, the American Revolution, and Texas. After Hubert’s retirement he and Shirley enjoyed international travels and cruises.

He left Vought in June 1962 to work for the fledgling space program in Houston, Texas at the Manned Spacecraft Center; later the NASA Johnson Space Center. He joined the Propulsion and Power Division when it was formed in January of 1964. At NASA he worked on the Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle Programs becoming one of the first five engineers to start the Shuttle Program with the “Shuttle Skunk Works” in March 1969. He worked on the Shuttle in the Propulsion and Power Division until his retirement on January 3, 1998. He was responsible for the resolution of many design issues in the propulsion systems on Shuttle.   He was Chief of the Systems Branch, responsible for all of the propulsion and power systems on the Shuttle at the time of his retirement. Hubert was the recipient of two NASA Exceptional Service Medals; and JSC’s highest honor, the Certificate of Commendation.

After his retirement, Hubert’s hobby became researching Shirley’s and his genealogy. He is proud of his ancestry, being descended from several of the original 300 Acadian families from Nova Scotia that migrated to southern Louisiana. Hubert was a member of the Bay Area Genealogical Society, NASA National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Carmeliters, Bay Area Orchid Society, Bay Area Bluegrass Association, Knights of Columbus (3rd Degree), and Hubert’s 2nd Monday Coffee Club.

Hubert is survived by his loving wife of 61 Years, his three children; Cheryl Mehling and husband Charles; Hubert Jr. and wife Sandra; and Roger Brasseaux. He is also survived by his grandchildren Taylor Mehling, Robert Brasseaux, Ryan Brasseaux, and Sarah Brasseaux all who lovingly called him Pawpaw.

Visitation will be held at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster from 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, December 20th, with a rosary service at 7 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church on Thursday, December 21st at 10:30 am with a reception immediately following.   Interment will be at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.

Memorial donations may be made in Hubert’s name to Upstream Arts at or the American Cancer Society.


  1. Sorry to hear the bad news. This is a TRITE expression that will not help but our thoughts and prayers are with you Shirley and family. I worked with Hugh at JSC and knew him well, We always looked forward to seeing you at the E & D reunions, like this year we saw and visited with you. Carl & Trudi Peterson

    carl peterson
  2. The EP bunch at NASA-JSC, under the leadership of Guy Thibodaux, and his wife, Mary Jo, has been a tight-knit family for almost 60 years. Hu was one of our leaders – a fast friend to all, a professional engineer of the highest quality, and a mentor and example for a host of fine engineers who learned much from him. With his delightful personality he was able to advance his ideas and opinions with great effectiveness, and he was nearly always right. He was one smart Cajun! He served his God, his nation, his family and his many friends and he has left a legacy that will stretch far into the future. We members of the EP family will miss him very much, but will be so grateful for having him in our lives!

    Norman Chaffee
  3. Hugh,

    I will miss you…a dedicated and competent engineer. In addition to our good days with Guy Thibodaux and Dick Ferguson, we had connections through Carencro and Beaumont.
    You and Shirley and your family are in our prayers.

    Bill and Elaine Simon

    William E. Simon
  4. I will miss you…a dedicated and competent engineer. In addition to our good days with Guy Thibodaux and Dick Ferguson, we had connections through Carencro and Beaumont.
    You and Shirley and your family are in our prayers.

    Bill and Elaine Simon

    William E. Simon
  5. Hubert was one of the first people I met the day I came to work at NASA in 1964. I also worked for him for several years. He was a good friend and a good boss. He never lost his enthusiasm and drive. I’ll miss him.

    Larry Rhodes
  6. Mr. Brasseaux was a loving and attentive grandfather. It was always a joy to see him at band concerts, always early to get a good seat. He adored his grandchildren and made sure they knew it. A good man through and through, he will be missed terribly.

    Rev. Kathleen Davies
  7. Shirley and family my deepest sympathy. “Hu B” was a good friend, neighbor and NASA colleague for almost 60 years. It was an honor to have worked with him on every human spaceflight program, in which he made a huge positive impacts. We will miss him. MY thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

    Tom Moser
  8. Sorry for your loss. As you probably know, the Burke family is from Nova Scotia, a small town on Cape Brittan names River Bourgeois. The French Nova Scotians were strong people

    George and Maria Burke
  9. Hubert, deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Art Perry

  10. Lois and I are very sorry to hear about losing Hubert. He was a very good friend and colleague and I will miss him very much. I worked for him many years and have been good friends ever since. Our prayers are with Shirley and family.

    Richard High
  11. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Shirley.

    Sue Lenes
  12. My deepest sympathy. Hu was such a family man, may God bless and keep you all.

    Dottie Smith
  13. We have always felt blessed and proud to have Hubert as a family member! He was a vital part in educating many Kinder students during his NASA years. Our love and prayers are with you, Shirley and family, during this time.
    Love to you all, Lory, Bonnie and Don.

    Lory Phillips
  14. Dear Shirley and Family,

    I was very saddened to hear the news about Hubert’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your children/spouses and grandchildren.


    Mary Preston Wallace

    Mary Wallace
  15. Shirley and Family,
    My sincere sympathy for the loss of Hugh.
    Hugh was truly a Southern Gentleman, a very conservative propulsion engineer, who was a most significant contributor to the successful Apollo Reaction Control, Service Propulsion and Shuttle Reaction Control, Orbital Maneuvering, and Main Propulsion Systems. He was a really good guy that I will miss, all of us will miss.
    FYI – His wife, Shirley, told me there would be about an hour of open casket viewing at St. Bernadette Catholic Church before the funeral Mass.
    Bill Manha

    Bill Manha
  16. To Roger – It saddens me to learn about your father and his amazing life under such circumstances, but I am truly touched by his dedication to the advancement of aerospace science, his love for his family, and his support for his community. I pray for your family to be able to honor his life, knowing he has left so much of himself in each of you.

    Katy Schroeder
  17. Our deepest condolences to Shirley and family for your loss. Hugh was a fine gentleman and a kind person and will be missed.

    Bat and Edwina Dejean

    Bat and Edwina Dejean
  18. To everyone in the Brasseaux and the extended Guidry Families: We will miss Hubert. I was always proud to say that I had a cousin that really was a “rocket scientist” and a very smark cookie he was. He was always lovable and had a wonderful laugh I can hear at this moment!

    Trisha Royal

    Trisha Royal
  19. I was shocked to read Hubert’s obituary in today’s Beaumont Enterprise. He will truly be missed at the BHS Class of ’52 luncheons. My sincere condolences to Shirley.
    S. L. Greenberg.

    S. L. Greenberg
  20. We are so sorry to hear of the unexpected passing of such a great man. Hubert was such an inspiration to many. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Claire Evans
  21. Shirley, thanks for calling and letting me know of Hugh’s passing. He and Cecil will have a great time “catching up”! Cecil loved Hugh and will be glad to see him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It will be a great loss to all of you, but he is in a happier place now.

    Love to all,
    Lee Gibson

    Lee Gibson
  22. Hugh was a super Engineer at NASA a backbone of the Propulsion Division . He was a very straightforward ,honest, strong engineer that I had great respect for. I remember when, many years ago, he and his wife of many years renewed their vows at ST. Bernadette Mass. His wonderful smile will be missed.
    God Bless
    Bill Schneider

    william schneider
  23. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Hu Jr., and the family for your loss. Hugh was a fine gentleman, a very fine engineer and boss, and a kind person. I’ll miss him.
    – Sam

    Samuel E Jones
  24. Hugh was not only a great engineer for NASA, but he was honest, very responsible,humble, a great person, and insiration for those that worked with and for him. He will be sorely missed, and I thank God that he passed my path. We lost a really good guy. Deep condolences to the family, and God Bless.
    Jerry Goodman Thursday 21 December 2017

    Jerry R Goodman
  25. Hubert was my first NASA supervisor and is still my favorite. Couldn’t have had a better mentor as I started my career. He mastered the technical, programmatic, and people-side of the engineering profession. He held high expectations and gave new employees the opportunity to grow and to own real work. He knew when and how to be serious and equally when and how to laugh. I always knew once I convinced him about a position, he’d provide top-cover and I could openly say what I thought. Hu was always part of the solution. Prayers of gratitude for knowing him and learning from him. Prayers of comfort and peace for Shirley and his family.

    Mike Barrett

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