Dr. Michael Fawcett Card

January 4, 1937November 8, 2013

Dr. Michael Fawcett Card, 76, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on November 8, 2013. Born in Seattle, Washington, Card earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also received a masters and PhD from Virginia Tech. He retired in 1995 after 37 years of service at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, where he served as Chief Scientist. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief of the Structural Mechanics Division. From 1988 to 1989 he worked at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama on the space shuttle as assistant to the Director to Marshall Structures and Dynamics Laboratory. During his career he was the author of more than 30 papers on structural mechanics. Card loved music, reading, and the movies. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jo- Ann Card; sons, David Card, Christopher Card (Robyn); daughter, Elisabeth Card Tom (William); and granddaughter, Laura Donato. A memorial service will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, on Saturday November 23 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christopher Wren Association, The College of William and Mary, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dr. Michael Fawcett Card

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Ted and Susan Grice

November 23, 2013

Chris and Robyn stayed at our home when they came to Elizabeth, PA a year ago. We really enjoyed having them in our home and visiting with them. Having experienced the loss of a parent, I know this is such a hard time for Chris and his family. I pray that God will surround you all with His peace and comfort during this time. Take comfort that your loved ones are at peace with their Lord.

Alex Tessler

November 23, 2013

My memories of Dr. Mike Card always bring me back to our New Orleans trips in the early 90's when he lead a NASA Blue Ribbon committee to investigate a design issue on ISS Node 1. He was a confident and competent leader who also solicited technical input from the team. After a hard day's work, he would pick out the best restaurant in town. He liked a good meal with excellent wine, and the jokes never stopped. We all loved being around him. He will be missed dearly.

November 23, 2013

I had a privilege to report to Dr. Card when he was a Division Chief at NASA Langley and will always remember him as one of the best supervisors I worked for. He lead by example of his strength in science and engineering while, at the same time, had always that human touch when dealing with subordinates. His passing is a great loss to us all. He will be missed.
Jaroslaw Sobieski, Hampton

Bruni Orellano

November 12, 2013

Chris, Robin

My sympathy and prayers are extended to your family. May Gods comfort be with you.

Frank B. Felder, Jr.

November 12, 2013

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to the Card family. May God's peace and presence sustain you during this time loss.

November 12, 2013

My prayers to the family of Dr. Card. May your faith and family provide you with warmth and love.
Nancy Jones,
Concord NC

November 11, 2013

Our condolences to the family of Michael Fawcett Card in the passing of your loved one. May the God of comfort be with you. Ps.90:10. Ps.37:10,11,29. Sincerely, Mr.& Mrs. E. Mitchell.

Ed Prior

November 10, 2013

At NASA Langley, I worked for six Chief Scientists. They were all great men and all were wonderful to me. But my favorite was Dr. Card. He was not only very strong technically but was a master at working with people and resolving difficult organizational and personnel issues. At times of great stress, he kept his sense of humor. I can never forget our Office Christmas party when we did a "Star Trek" spoof and he played Spock with a pair of long rubber Spock-like ears and had us all laughing. My wife and I will never forget him and our sympathy goes to his family at the loss of a great man.