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photo of Ronald Erwin McNair

In honor of Ronald E. McNair

​“Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky!” - Ronald E. McNair​​

​The U.S. Department of Education authorized the TRIO McNair Program in 1986 in honor of the late Ronald Erwin McNair (1950-1986). Dr. McNair was one of the first African-American astronauts to travel to space and was aboard the Challenger in the 1986 explosion. Dr. McNair was a physicist and earned his doctorate degree at the age of 26 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physics

In addition to his career as a Physicist and an astronaut, Dr. McNair was a husband, and a father of two children, as well as a fifth degree black belt in karate and an accomplished jazz saxophonist. ​​​​​

Page last updated: December 08, 2017