In Passing

John Tremor

John Tremor passed on June 5, 2017, leaving behind his wife Bobbie, daughter Patrice Tremor (Irvine, CA), son Scott Tremor (San Diego, CA), grandson Tyler Tremor (San Diego, CA), sister Lois Dettman and family (Tampa, FL) and many friends.

Born in East Aurora, New York, on January 24, 1932, John earned his B.S. in 1953 and masters in 1956 at the University of Buffalo, New York, and his PhD in Biology at the University of Arizona in 1962. Soon after, he joined NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field near Mountain View, California, as part of the science team for Project Biosatellite. This set the path for his career during which he managed and developed many of the pioneering experiments to understand the effects of zero gravity space flight on living organisms. He participated in many space launches at the Kennedy Space Center and recovery missions around the world. John’s work involved international cooperation including Russia before the fall of the Soviet Union. As humans venture further into space and eventually have outposts on Mars, the understanding of how we adapt to these new environment was at the core of his research. During his active career, he published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

John and Bobbie raised their family, made many friends and lived in Saratoga, California, for most of his career. Fishing, along with travel with family and friends, were his passions. After retirement from NASA, John and Bobbie moved to Tucson in 2010. In accordance with John’s wishes, there will be no memorial, but the family invites contributions in his honor to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.