February 6, 1986

The President today announced the following individual to be a member of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident:

Joseph F. Sutter, executive vice president, the Boeing Commercial Airline Co. Born in Seattle, WA, Mr. Sutter received his degree from the University of Washington (B.S., 1943). He began his career with Boeing in 1945 and has held numerous positions dealing with analysis, design, and production of jet aircraft. He was one of the principal figures in the development of the 747 superjet and is known as "The Father of the 747.'' He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1984. The President awarded him the United States Medal of Technology in February 1985 for his role "in developing three generations of airline jet aircraft.''