Dr. Milton Antone Silveira

May 4, 1929July 11, 2013

Dr. Milton Antone Silveira former Chief Engineer of NASA passed away July 11, 2013, at his residence in McLean, Virginia. He was born May 4, 1929, in Mattapoisett, MA, the son of Carolinda and Antonne Silveira, originally from the Azores. He is survived by his wife Dr. Jane Rogers Silveira and his sons: Leland and wife Larisa, Scott and wife Susan, Douglas, and his daughter Carolyn and husband Bill Krumrey, sisters Evelyn Pursley and Alberta Silveira and stepson Tom Rogers. Also survived by granddaughters: Heather, Sarah, Katie, Kristen, Katya, Taylor; grandsons: Ethan; great grandchildren Wyatt, Taylor, Kenzie and Tatum. He attended Fairhaven High School, graduated from the University of Vermont where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and then a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, from The University of Virginia. He also attended Virginia Tech and the University of Houston. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Vermont in 1977. While at the University of Vermont he was president of the flying club. His love of aeronautics began at age 16 when he acquired his pilot’s license. He maintained a long-term association with The University of Vermont by conducting a regular teleconference class for the engineering school, serving on the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Board, culminating in his establishing the Milton Silveira annual award to a junior faculty member in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. In June 1951, he joined the National Advisory Committee of Aeronautics (NACA) in Langley, Virginia, the precursor of NASA. In September 1951 he was called to duty as an Army Aviator by the United States Army and later served as the Chief Engineering and Maintenance Officer of all U. S. 8th Army in Korea. In 1955 he returned to NACA, which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He worked on all USA manned spacecraft programs in pursuit of putting a man on the moon: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. He was the Program Manager of Little Joe II in support of the Apollo Program and supported the Skylab Program. Later he was Manager of the Space Shuttle Engineering Office and then Deputy Manager of the Orbiter Project Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He left JSC to go to NASA Headquarters becoming the Assistant to the NASA Deputy Director and later NASA Chief Engineer. He retired from NASA after 36 years of service. He received numerous awards and citations during his NASA career. After his NASA career, he worked for Ford Aerospace Corporation in Washington, D. C. He then became a consultant to the Director at the Department of Defense at the Missile Defense Agency. He continued his association with NASA by consulting in support of the NASA Space Exploration Program. His hobbies included serving as a docent at the National Gallery of Art, gourmet cooking, traveling, book club, and playing bridge. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA, followed by a reception at the Church. The burial will be held in his hometown of Mattapoisett, MA. The family requests donations made in his memory to the following: The University of Vermont CEMS Milton Silveira Scholarship 85 S. Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05405(802) 656-3131. To send the family condolences please visit


  • Memorial Service Monday, July 15, 2013

Dr. Milton Antone Silveira

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John Petty

August 8, 2013

Milt and I were very close friends and SAE fraternity brothers at UVM. We both graduated in 1951. I believe we last met at our 60th class reunion in 2011 and kept up email contact.

He had an outstanding career. My condolences go to all his Family.

Phi Alfa Milt

Alan Higgs

August 8, 2013

I met Milt in 1979 as a flight crewmember on, "NASA 2" at Ellington Field, TX. Our job was to fly Milt and Chris Kraft among other NASA leaders to Washington DC. Milt was totally personable and I was proud he was NASA's Chief Engineer. May God Bless the entire Silveira Family. I am honored to have serve NASA along with Milt!

Domenico Grasso

July 29, 2013

When I arrived as Dean of Engineering at UVM and first met Milt, I was in awe of his accomplishments. But he soon put me at ease with his warm and welcoming demeanor. His soft-spoken, yet insightful comments were always welcome at our College of Engineering Advisory Board meetings. His career was so inspirational that the College named an award for rising superstar faculty members in his honor. The Milt Silveira award is given to a junior faculty member who "best embodies a 'pioneering spirit,' drive and potential to succeed at the highest levels of his or her profession." Over the years, we became good friends. I display proudly a model space shuttle that he gave me in my office. I will miss our periodic informal meetings and lunches. His passing is a loss for me personally, the university and the nation.

July 25, 2013

My deepest condolences to Milt's family --he will be missed greatly!

He was incredible in every way! He was able to make complex topics easy to understand and he had a unique ability to make whoever he was talking with feel as though they were the only person in the room.

Dawn Densmore, UVM CEMS

Sharon Sylvester

July 24, 2013

I was so saddened to hear of Milt's passing. I had the privilege of meeting Milt as he was on our College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences' Board of Advisors at the University of Vermont. He was a delight to interact with and I usually saw him at least twice a year. He was certainly a very kind man and I will truly miss him.

Ivy Hooks

July 19, 2013

Milt I learned much working for you. Plus I was blessed with knowing your wonderful family. I hope to continue those relationships. God bless all of you

John Baker

July 18, 2013

My condolences to Milt's family. Milt was an amazing guy and a gentleman. He constantly surprised me and the team with his thoughtful comments and wisdom from his broad experience at NASA. We worked to improve astronaut safety during re-entry back to Earth for the Orion (MPCV) Program. He will be missed. God speed Milt.

Dan Yuchnovicz

July 16, 2013

I had the privilege of meeting and being “mentored” by Milt a few years ago when he participated on one of our space flight study teams. Milt was a walking encyclopedia of human spaceflight knowledge that was very valuable to our study. Later, I again had the privilege of working with Milt on a flight test project. Milt was a great resource and provided us (those with both mature and new careers) with a great deal of insight and lessons learned from prior projects, especially Apollo. I will miss him as a friend and colleague.

July 16, 2013

Barbara and I were sorry to hear about Milt's passing. Although we haven't been in contact for years, he was a pivotal factor in my life. Milt recruited me in 1962 from Langley to work for him in Houston. Shortly after arriving there I met my my future wife. We have been happily married for over 50 years. Also I enjoyed working for NASA for my whole career. Milt was not only a professional colleague but a good friend too. He literally changed my life.
Bob and Barbara Schwartz

John Boyd

July 16, 2013

He was a remarkable fellow. I feel like I have known him forever since the 1960s. Farewell Milt.