The “Space News Roundup” (dated January 20th 1989) reported: -
“Tec” Roberts dies in December
Tecwyn “Tec” Roberts former NASA engineer responsible in large part for designing JSC’s Mission Control Center and NASA’s worldwide ground tracking networks in the 1960’s died Dec. 27, 1988.
Roberts began his NASA career in 1959 at Langley Research Center, where he participated in planning for the first Earth orbital Mercury flight.
At JSC in 1962, Roberts was assigned responsibilities for determination, coordination and implementation of all design requirements for the construction of the Mission Control Centre. For his accomplishments in that area, Roberts received the NASA Outstanding Achievement Award.
In 1964, Roberts moved to the Goddard Space Flight Centre as technical assistant to the deputy assistant director of tracking and data systems. Roberts received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his work in support of the Apollo 8 lunar orbital flight.
Roberts was named director of networks at Goddard in 1972, a position he retained until his retirement in 1979. Prior to his death, he was a consultant to Bendix Field Engineering Corp.
Tecwyn sadly died on Tuesday 27th December 1988 aged 63 years only four years after retiring from Goddard Space Center.
The following article appeared within NASA’s Goddard News dated 12 January 1989 (volume 34). It reads: -
TECWYN (TEC) ROBERTS, Director of Networks at Goddard from 1971 to 1979 and most recently consultant to the Bendix Field Engineering Corporation, died on Tuesday, December 27, 1988.
Roberts will be remembered for his countless contributions to the organization, operation and evolution of tracking networks, and for his enthusiasm and the shared vision of space exploration that dates back to his involvement with the Mercury program in the early 1960s, when he was NASA’s first Flight Dynamics Officer (FIDO).
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Tec Roberts can be made to the local
Tecwyn was laid to rest at St. Stephens Episcopal Cemetery, Crownsville, Anne Arundel County, State of Maryland, U.S.A.
Inscribed upon his gravestone is ”Tecwyn Roberts, Husband of Doris & father of Michael”.