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Dorsey To Resume Retirement In March, Morton Thiokol Says

November 22, 1986

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) _ Edward Dorsey, recruited by Morton Thiokol out of retirement to serve as head of its space division following the Challenger disaster, will return to retirement next year, a company spokesman says.

John Thirkill will succeed Dorsey as of March 1, said spokesman Rocky Raab.

Thirkill, 57, joined Thiokol in 1955 in Maryland. In 1958, he was transferred to Thiokol’s Wasatch plant west of here, serving as vice president of engineering and second-in-command in the space shuttle program. For the past three years, he has been in charge of Thiokol’s aerospace plant in Huntsville, Ala.

Dorsey, 63, began work at Thiokol’s Wasatch operations in 1958, taking early retirement in January 1984. Last March 11, he agreed to return to Thiokol for one year and direct the redesign of the space shuttle solid rocket booster motor.

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