New Space Division Chief Named
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) _ John D. Thirkill, general manager of Morton Thiokol’s Huntsville Division, will assume control of the company’s Space Division next March, it was announced today.
Thirkill will take over when Edward G. Dorsey retires March 1. Dorsey, a former general manager of the Space Division, resumed control of the division last March after the company’s booster rocket was blamed for the Jan. 28 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
Thirkill has been general manager of the Huntsville Division for three years and before that was deputy director of the space shuttle project.