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Share Your Story • Donna Shirley • September 5, 2013

Knowing Bruce for 43 years

I first met Bruce when I was a mission analyst and he was the imaging science lead on Mariner 10 to Venus and Mercury. We argued a lot because my job was to balance the computer and pointing time allocated to the 7 experiments and he, of course, wanted most of it. Later, when he became Director of JPL I was pretty nervous, but I discovered Bruce didn't hold grudges and we became great friends for the next 35 years. The most fun was acting together in a Caltech student production of Hello Dolly. I was in the chorus and Bruce played a Keystone Cop. I'll miss him. Condolences to Suzanne and Jonathon. Donna Shirley
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