Joe E. Ingram
1928 - 1995
something even if it is wrong"
"After death become a star"
Ingram's Flight Capsule Personal Message reads, "DO SOMETHING
EVEN IF WRONG." How appropriate for a man whose life was
characterized by action. Mr. Ingram attended Oklahoma Baptist
University on a basketball scholarship and graduated from the
University of Oklahoma with a degree in geology. He served in
the Korean War as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force where
he flew 50 combat missions. After the war, Mr. Ingram worked as
a geologist in Oklahoma City with Anson Petroleum and Amarada
Petroleum. He joined Monterrey House restaurants in 1960 where,
upon his retirement in 1982, he served as Vice President of operations.
During the 1960s, Gemini Program astronauts training at NASA's
Manned Spacecraft Center (today called the Johnson Space Center)
frequently ate at his Monterrey House restaurant in Houston. After
retiring, Mr. Ingram served as a trustee for the United States
Bankruptcy Court. Even in retirement, Mr. Ingram remained active.
After surviving his first bout with cancer, Mr. Ingram ran in
several marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
Mr. Ingram's wife, Jane, was also a very active person who made
significant accomplishments late in life. She became an airline
attendant via The National Airlines Stewardess Training Program.
Jane met her husband in Houston while she was working as a dental
assistant. Together they had five children: Mary Jane, Rebecca,
Karen, Joe Jr., and Gary. After raising their children, Joe and
Jane moved to Park City, Utah where, at age 55, Jane earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Salt Lake City's Westminster
College, graduating summa cum laude. A successful writer,
Jane was awarded first place in the essay division of the 1996
Bay Area Writers Conference held at the University of Houston-Clear
To know Jane was to love her. She had a radiance
and intelligence that she coupled with an abundant measure of
love to raise her five children to become responsible and caring
adults. No job was too great to accomplish for her family, friends,
and even perfect strangers in some instances. She was a compassionate
giver of her love and services. Jane was an elegant lady; beautiful
on the exterior, classic and strong of character who could accomplish
tasks that would make most pale at the sight of them. A woman
of a generous heart who tolerated life's trials and tribulations
with strength and fortitude, she is sorely missed by her family
What the space program needs is more English majors.
-- Astronaut Michael