The University of Arizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical engineering will honor the life and memory of astronaut and alumnus Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee in a reception in the AME courtyard at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013. Members of his family – including his widow, June Scobee Rogers; his son, Brig. Gen. Richard Scobee; and his granddaughter, Cristi Scobee – will present AME with memorabilia from the Scobee Collection of the Kennedy Space Museum.
Dick Scobee received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1965. Before his selection for the NASA Astronaut Corps, he served in the U.S. Air Force, advancing to the rank of lieutenant colonel and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and other decorations as a combat aviator during the Vietnam War. He piloted the space shuttle Challenger mission STS-41-C in 1984 and commanded Challenger mission STS-51-L, which was tragically lost on Jan. 28, 1986.