AMOS ARTHUR SPADY JR.
Beloved husband, father, brother, granddaddy, friend and neighbor, Amos Spady Jr., passed away on Nov. 29, 2011.
Born Dec. 14, 1933, to Amos and Hattie Spady of Hampton, Va., he graduated from Hampton High School in 1952, then enrolled in Randolph Macon College. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Army and served two years in Korea. Upon coming home, he returned to Randolph Macon College, earning his degree in Physics in 1958.
Amos began his career with NACA/NASA, in 1957, where he would distinguish himself during the Gemini and Apollo Space Programs as an Aerospace Technologist, specializing in human factors. Over a career spanning 33 years, he published over 30 papers and reports that can be found in the Library of Congress, he chaired the design team for Langley’s Lunar Landing Research Facility and was one of the first test directors for that facility. Amos holds the co-patent for the anti-gravity simulator that helped the Apollo astronauts learn to walk on the moon. He was the assistant manager for Langley’s Wind Shear Program and also served on the staff for President Reagan’s Aircraft Crew Compliment Task Force.
Amos had a very distinguished and successful career but he would be the first to tell you that the most important part of his life happened on Jan. 13, 1962, when he married Sylvia Moser. Life was full for Amos and Sylvia with two beautiful children, lots of family activities and trips together. Later, with the children grown, they didn’t slow down – Amos led Sylvia as they danced, and danced….. dancing their way across the ballrooms of the country and on countless cruises. They are known as the “beautiful dancers” in California.
If there was a problem to be solved he would do all he could to help. With a heart as big as it could be, Amos was a friend to all he met. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him well and by those who met him in his many travels with his beloved wife and soul mate, Sylvia, with whom he just celebrated 50 years together.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Spady of Newport News; one son, Barry Spady and wife, Jill of Helena, Mont.; one daughter, Cheryl CJ Spady and husband, Matt Busse of Sausalito, Calif.; sister, Dorothy Robins of Henrico, N.C.; one grandson, Noah Spady of Helena, Mont.; and many local extended family members.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Riverside Chapel, 7415 River Road, Newport News, with a service to follow at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the Virginia Air and Space Center, in honor of Amos A. Spady Jr., or by mail to The Virginia Air and Space Center Opportunity Program, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669.
Condolences may be made to the family at altmeyer.com
AMOS ARTHUR SPADY JR.