Robert (Bob) Howard Nute

Robert (Bob) Howard Nute was a family man.  Bob met his wife Kay while attending Texas Tech University and were rarely apart since.  In 1967, after graduating together, they both headed to Houston.  Bob had been inspired by JFK’s moonshot speech, and turning his dream into reality, NASA’s Johnson Space Center became the center of his professional life for the next 41 years.  Bob spent his career at NASA’s Mission Control Center, working on the Apollo, Skylab, Apollo Soyuz, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station programs.  During Apollo 13, Bob utilized his orbital mechanics skills to help bring the astronauts home safely, a deeply emotional story he enjoyed telling his closest friends and family.  In preparation for Apollo 14, Bob worked alongside Alan Shepard, training him and the other crew members on equipment to be used on the lunar surface.

Sailing was a lifelong passion.  Bob began sailing in his home state of Connecticut at an early age.  He sailed often in Galveston Bay and off the beach in Galveston in three different Hobie Cat catamarans.  Near retirement, he opted for a J30. Bob enjoyed tennis and played well into his 70’s.  Bob and Kay enjoyed travel, including many trips to California wine country and four trips to Europe together.  They worshiped together at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Nassau Bay for more than 50 years.  Bob instilled the value of an engineering education in his two children, Lindsay and David.  Later in life Bob enjoyed spending time with his six grandchildren.

Bob passed away on October 22, 2023 at the age of 79.

Bob was born on October 30, 1943 to Grace Harrington Nute and Charles H. Nute.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents Grace and Charles and brothers Arthur and Peter Nute.  He is survived by his wife Kay of Taylor Lake Village; sisters Dorothy (Nute) Wiegel of Hobe Sound, Florida, Kathleen (Nute) Morrow of Durham, North Carolina, and his sister-in-law Shirley Nute of Hopkinton, Massachusetts; his children, Lindsay Nute Mulac and husband Brian of Huntsville, Alabama and David Nute and wife Jessica of Houston; grandchildren Adam, Caroline, Amelia, Claire, Bradley, and Nicole.

A flag ceremony honoring Bob’s service with NASA will be held Thursday, November 9 at the NASA Johnson Space Center. A rosary will be said on Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m., followed by the celebration of a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 18223 Point Lookout Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas, 77058.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.


  1. What was not to like about this man ..Mr Nute radiated solid character
    An honorable gentleman ..handsome too
    I’ll never forget the tour he took us of NASA and command central for the Apollo 13 space shuttle and in the shared story of his participation, and bringing back our astronauts

    Christianne Hilgenberg
  2. My deepest sympathies to Bob and Kay Nutes family, especially David and Jessica Nute. I was one of those fortunate enough to hear Bob recount the Apollo 13 mission and to get a personalized tour of Mission Control Center by Bob.
    He and Kay were gratious hosts and we will miss Bob Nute.
    Our prayers are for the repose of his soul and peace and health for Kay.

    John Hilgenberg
  3. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Kay, your children and grandchildren. We will miss not seeing Bob at church. Our small connection is that both my husband and Bob worked at NASA and our wedding was the same day as Lindsey‘s.
    Please know our arms are wrapped around you in comfort and love.
    Liz, Chris, and Jacob, Miller

    Liz Miller
  4. God bless your family and may you find peace and solace in the warm memories of Bob and his fine legacy.

    Barbara Hammond

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