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Statement on the Passing of P.J. O’Rourke

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Feb. 16, 2022 — Dr. Kathryn Thornton, Chair of Space Foundation’s Board of Directors, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, issued the following statement on the passing of P.J. O’Rourke, a former member of the Board and Life Director:  

“All of us at Space Foundation are saddened by the loss of our friend and former Board member, P.J. O’Rourke. For seven years, P.J. shared his wit, humor and insight in countless ways and those of us who worked alongside him enjoyed every moment. We miss those times with him but his work at Space Foundation and elsewhere are part of an enduring legacy where thoughtful reason, great conversations and shared laughter could bring people together for higher purposes.   

We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Tina and their children.”  

P.J. O’Rourke was elected to Space Foundation’s Board of Directors in January 2012. He served two board terms and was elected as the Board’s Secretary in November 2017. Upon completion of his second term in October 2019, he was elected to Life Director of the Board. 

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