In Remembrance: Molly Macauley


I was both shocked and saddened to learn over this last weekend that Molly K. Macauley, whom I worked with many times over the years, was murdered while walking her dogs in Roland Park in Baltimore, Maryland, on the night of July 8. Molly was an excellent economist who specialized in science and technology, and did considerable work on the economics of spaceflight. The news story from the Baltimore Sun is here. Marcia Smith has a fine recollection of Molly’s life and contributions to space economics here.

I first met Molly not long after beginning work at the NASA Headquarters as the Chief Historian in 1990. She urged me to pursue historical projects that had an economics element. Ultimately, she said, everything is about economics. She was right and over time convinced me to emphasize more of the economics story into the history of spaceflight. I have tried to do that to the present.

Her tragic death is a loss to all of us involved in space policy and history. My condolences to her family and friends.

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