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Peter F. MacDoran W'59

Our classmate Peter F. MacDoran served with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
and authored a book "The Old Men Will Die First: A True Story of Cold War Espionage"
which can be purchased from Barnes and Noble or Amazon
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST @ Pacific Science Center, Seattle
Former NASA physicist and engineer Peter F. MacDoran will share his true-live story of Cold-War espionage depicted in his book, The Old Men Will Die First.

In October 1973, the world was on a collision course to World War III.  Underground Soviet dissenters chose visiting scientist Peter F. MacDoran to carry crucial papers back to the United States.  The KGB knew a messenger existed, but not who or where he was.  How was a space scientist, entirely untrained in matters of espionage, to carry out such a mission?  Either MacDoran would have to safely depart Soviet territory with the documents, or the dissidents would have to arrange his death to avoid risking their own exposure.

His Book, The Old Men Will Die First, will be available for purchase and signing.

About the author:

Peter F. MacDoran holds degrees in physics and electrical engineering.  He served to lieutenant (junior grade) in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commissioned Officer Corps with assignments in space geodesy and shipboard oceanography. For thirteen years, he was at the NASA/Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was awarded both NASA medals - Exceptional Scientific Achievement and then Exceptional Engineering Achievement - and became the first person in NASA history to have been the recipient of both medals.  He joind the G. H. Born Center for Astrodynamics Research / Aerospace Engineering Sciences faculty at the university of Colorado, Boulder where he developed the first undergraduate teaching laboratory for GPS technology.  With CU graduate students and wife, Judy, CyberLocator, Inc., was formed to commercialize unconventional methods for positioning, navigation and location-based authentication cyber security, which was awarded a US Patent and subsequently sold to a major US corporation.  He is now in semi-retirement, lives in the Seattle area, and is a volunteer STEM instructor at Everett Community College.

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