Joseph Hartt was born in San Francisco, CA, on June 27th, 1932, the youngest of seven children of David Roy Hartt & Jenny Lind Roach. While growing up in California and Canada, Joseph developed a strong love of flying. In January 1959, he joined the US Navy Flight School. During his nine years of experience as a pilot with Air Groups 12, 19, and 4, Mr. Hartt accumulated thousands of hours of jet aircraft flight time and hundreds of day and night carrier landings. Subsequent to his service with the Navy, Mr. Hartt joined the IBM Corporation, data processing contractor to NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, TX. From 1967 to 1973, he performed a range of tasks in support of the Gemini, Apollo, and early SkyLab programs. He was Manager, Mission Support, and directly responsible for all computer-processing functions within the Real Time Computer Complex (RTCC) of the Mission Operations Control Center during all the Apollo missions with the exception of Apollo 17, when he attended the launch. Early in his career, Mr. Hartt initiated a program of personal investing. In 1973 he was able to retire from active employment and moved his family to Denver where he continued his personal investment activity. In 1991, he co-founded the company SATLOC that produces GPS precision positioning technology to guide aerial application aircraft (crop dusters). Joe holds seven patents, mainly in aerospace and medicine. Joseph's wife Brita Elizabeth Smith , is a native of Norway, and came to America as a new bride married December 17, 1960. Joseph Hartt died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona Nov. 17, 1997. He was cremated. Brita (Smith) & Joseph Hartt had two sons Jeff and Steven.
Courtesy: Jeff Hartt
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