and technologists. The top technical award given annually in the company was, of course, the Max Faget Award.
Toward the end of his life, Max Faget was asked which of his accomplishments had given him the most satisfaction. Was it true, he was asked, that he was the “chief designer” of American spaceships comparable to Korolyov (“chief designer” of all Soviet space vehicles)? Max answered, “The U.S. is not that kind of country. The king does not appoint a royal spaceship designer.” He then pointed to a picture behind his desk of John Paul Jones, often called the father of the American Navy and one of Max’s longtime heroes, beside several impressive ships. The caption read: “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go into harm’s way.”
“I believe I’ve followed Jones’s advice very well,” Max said. “I am most proud of contributing to the conception and design of very fast ships indeed, ships which traveled into harm’s way with remarkably good success.”
Max was preceded in death by his wife Nancy in 1994. He is survived by four children, Ann, Carol, Guy, and Nanette, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and 10 grandchildren.