Millie Hughes-Fulford, NASA Shuttle Scientist, Dies at 75
His research advances the hope of helping to create treatments to reduce immunosuppression of T cells, especially in older people.
“Millie was happy about science,” Dr. Karl Grunfeld, Associate Head for Research and Development at San Francisco VA Medical Center, said in an interview. “At one point during his illness, he proposed a different way of modifying his chemotherapy and received an amazing remission. When he told me about it, it was with the same pleasure about science as he did in the laboratory. “
Millie Elizabeth Hughes was born on December 21, 1945 in rural Mineral Wales, Texas. Her father, Charles, was the owner of a grocery store. Her mother, Lanore (Wilder) Hughes, was a housewife. Later in life, both her parents became teachers.
At the age of 5, Milky became influenced by science fiction when she saw the “Buck Rogers” television series. She praised the character Wilma Dearing because she was a pilot – and because she wore pants at a time when Milky was always being asked to wear a dress.
“And so I wanted to be Wilma Deering, because she could wear anything she wanted, she flew a spaceship and was a professional woman” Dr. Hughes-Fulford said in an interview In 2014 for the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Hughes-Fulford became a pilot and remained a science fiction fan with a strong allegiance to the “Star Trek” television series and “Star Wars” films, as well as the latest “Star Wars” attraction at Disney World, which he 2019 I said his daughter.
Acknowledging that NASA’s mission to men in the 1960s and that of men in the early 70s to be Dr. Hughes-Fulford became a scientist. He attended Taralton State University (now part of the Texas A&M University System) in Stephenville, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1968. She earned her Ph.D. In chemistry and biology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton in 1972.