Jack King (John William King)

Jack King

Jack King grew up in Boston, the son of a local sportswriter, and attended Boston College. Prior to joining NASA, King worked for the Associated Press. He opened the AP’s Cape Canaveral bureau in 1958, when he was 27 years old. Jack King joined NASA in 1960, and served as the Kennedy Space Center’s Chief of Public Information from 1960 to 1971, and as NASA’s Public Affairs Officer from 1971 to 1975. After NASA, he spent two years as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration (later part of the United States Department of Energy), and another 15 years as executive vice president of Occidental Petroleum. He was appointed director of communications at the Fuqua School of Business in 1993. In 1997, King returned to Cape Canaveral and the U.S. manned space program, joining the United Space Alliance, where he served as spokesman. Jack King officially retired in October 2010, but continued to serve as a volunteer public affairs officer for NASA. King was a widower, his wife Evelyn having died in 2005. They were married 39 years. He had three children (sons Chip and Billy, and daughter Beth) and five grandchildren. He was a Catholic. King’s oldest son, Chip King, flew the longest F-14 Tomcat combat mission in history, the 1,800-mile attack on Afghanistan in October 2001, following the September 11 attacks. Chip also was one of the pilots who took part in the flyover at astronaut Pete Conrad’s 1999 funeral. Jack King died on June 11, 2015, at the age of 84 of congestive heart failure.

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  • February, 12, 1931
  • USA
  • Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts


  • June, 11, 2015
  • USA
  • Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cause of Death

  • congestive heart failure

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