About the LAA – History, Officers and Board of Directors, and By-Laws


In February 1987, a group of former Langley employees began working with the Office of External Affairs to establish a Langley Research Center Alumni Association. Gary Price in External Affairs had initiated the effort to explore such an organization, and their efforts led to the formation of the LAA.

The acting Chairman of the Board of Directors was William J. Boyer, and the committees and their chairs were: Finance, Edmund A. Brummer; Membership, Domenic J. Maglieri; Nominating, Charles B. King; Program, Donald H. Ward; Social, Abraham Leiss. Betty Joyner was acting secretary/treasurer. These officers served until January 1988 when an annual membership meeting and election of a board was held.

The Alumni’s purpose was to develop, maintain, and enhance the relationship among former employees of the Langley Research Center and provide a mechanism for the Centetr to maintain contact with its former employees. It also provided an organized way for members to support special events at the Center and other activities of mutual interest.

All former NACA/NASA employees of LMAL/LaRC are eligible for membership. Former employees of contractors who had 5 or more years continuous support to the Center are also eligible. The dues were set at $5.00 per year.

The LAA is an active alumni organization today, with a strong supporting relationship with the NASA Langley Research Center. The LaRC external affairs office is a key partner in this valuable alumni organization.

Current Officers and Board of Directors

The 2018 LAA Officers are: President: Roger Ferguson; Vice President and Programs Chair: Damodar Ambur; Secretary: Daniel Palumbo; Treasurer: Fred Morrell; Membership Chair: Dick Davis; Nominating Committee Chair Daniel. Palumbo, and Chair, NACA/NASA Hall of Honor: Duncan McIver; Telephone Committee Coordinator: Bob Feldhousen; E-mail Coordinator: Dick Davis, Duncan McIver; Immediate Past President is Ira Abbott; Registered Agent: Betty Joyner; The LAA website manager is Duncan McIver.

The LAA Board of Directors, by Class are:

2017: Robert Calloway, Shirley Davis, John Korte, Charles Laney, Arline Levine, Fred Morrell, Robert (Wayne) Richie, Clayton Rogers, and Bo Walkley

2018: Damodar Ambur, Edwin Fasanella, Stewart Harris, Daniel Palumbo, Paresh Parikh

2019:  Carrie Walker Creedon; Fred Jones; George Allison; Dave Reubish; David Rudy; and Jim Pittman





The name of this organization shall be the Langley Research Center Alumni Association, Inc., hereinafter noted as the LAA.  The LAA, Inc is registered in Virginia as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


The purpose of this organization is to maintain the relationship among former civil service and contractor associate employees, herein called Alumni, of the Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its predecessor, the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and to provide a mechanism for the Center to maintain contact with Alumni to the mutual benefit of the Center and the Alumni.

ARTICLE III: Membership of the LAA

The LAA shall be open to:

Section 1 – All former civil service and contractor employees of the NACA/NASA Langley Research Center.

Section 2 – Civil service and contractor employees of the Langley Research Center who qualify for retirement under current regulations.

Section 3 – The surviving spouse of an individual who qualified for membership under Section 1 or 2.

ARTICLE IV: Management

Section 1 – Board of Directors

The control and management of the LAA shall be vested in the Board of Directors, hereinafter noted as the Board.  The Board shall manage the affairs of the organization according to the objectives of the organization and in compliance with local, state, and federal laws as applicable to the mission and funding of the organization.

Section 2 – Composition of the Board of Directors

The Board shall be composed of no fewer than fifteen (15) and no more than twenty-seven (27) representatives of the Membership.  Board complement shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee (described in Article VI, Section 2).

Section 3 – Nomination and Election of the Board of Directors

Nominations shall be submitted by the Nominating Committee and sent by email from the Secretary to the membership, and posted on the LAA website, http://www.larcalumni.org,  at least three (3) weeks before the Annual Meeting of the Membership (defined in Section 5).  Also, any dues paying member of the LAA may nominate other candidates to fill vacancies by filing the names of such candidates with the Secretary at least two (2) weeks before the Annual Meeting of the Membership.  The dues paying members present at the Annual Meeting of the Membership in person and in good standing shall constitute a quorum, and these members shall vote on the nominees.  To be elected, a nominee must receive a majority vote of the voters who are present. If there is no election on the first ballot for each Director, a choice shall be made on another ballot between the candidates not receiving a majority vote on the first ballot.  In cases where the nomination slate is equal to the positions to be filled, then the ballot, on motion, may be dispensed with and the slate of Directors elected by acclamation.

Section 4 – Terms of the Board of Directors

Terms of the Board of Directors shall be for three (3) years, with a minimum of one (1) year off the board at the end of the three (3) year term, except, that any member of the Executive Committee(Article VI, Section 2) shall be eligible to retain membership on the Board to serve in any subsequent Executive Committee role at the pleasure of the Board.  One-third of the Board, or as many as necessary to fill the Board complement, shall be elected yearly.  All Board members shall officially take office at the Annual Meeting of the Membership.

Section 5 – Meetings of the Board of Directors

  1. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at a time and place mutually agreeable to the Board, such as after the monthly meeting of the LAA, but not less than quarterly. The President, or his assigned designee, shall brief the membership at large on actions taken by the Board at the membership meeting immediately following the Board meeting.
  2. A quorum for conducting business shall consist of two thirds of the membership with at least two Officers in attendance.
  3. The Board shall be seated at the regular Annual Meeting of the Membership to be held during the first quarter of the calendar year.
  4. The President or any Board member may call special Board meetings by informing all Board members of the call.
  5. Each Director may authorize another member of the Board to act for him or her by written proxy.
  6. Board members shall receive minutes and agendas prior to meetings.
  7. All board meetings are open to any member in good standing.

Section 6 – Vacancies on the Board of Directors

Vacancies on the Board may be filled from a slate presented by the Nominating Committee to the Board.  Upon election by the Board, the Board member(s) shall fill the unexpired term(s).

Section 7 – Order of Business

The order of business for this Board shall be “Roberts Rules of Orders,” revised.

ARTICLE V: Officers

Section 1 – Election of Officers

The Board shall elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer from the Board’s membership.  Nominees for officers shall be voted upon at the Annual Meeting of the Membership or within 30 days thereafter.   The chair and members of the Nominating Committee shall call and preside at the meeting until the officers are elected from the Board

Section 2 – Term of Office

Officers will be elected for one (1) year, but are eligible to serve subsequently in any office of the Executive Committee at the pleasure of the Board.  Ideally, the President should be selected from nominees who are serving or have served on the Board.

Section 3 – Duties of the Officers

  1. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and shall carry out the directives of the Board.
  2. The Vice President shall carry out all powers and functions of the President in the absence of the President. The Vice President shall further perform such duties as may be prescribed by the Board.
  3. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Board. The Secretary shall also keep and maintain membership records, in conjunction with the Membership Committee, and other records as directed by the Board.  The Secretary shall see that regular update of information is communicated by email to the membership and provided to the LAA website.
  4. The Treasurer shall oversee the care and custody of all funds and securities of the organization and shall assure deposit of funds in the name of the LAA.

ARTICLE VI: Committees of the Board of Directors

Section 1 – Standing Committees

The Board shall have the following Standing Committees:  Executive Committee; Membership Committee; Nominating Committee; and NASA Hall of Honor Committee.

Section 2 – Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of the immediate past President (with full voting rights), the Officers of the Board of Directors, the Chairs of the Standing Committees, and an Ex Officio Member assigned by Langley Research Center management.  The Executive Committee shall set its meetings at a time and place mutually agreeable to its members but shall meet at least quarterly.  A Board meeting may replace an Executive Committee meeting if attended by the Directors, Chairs and Ex Officio Member.  The Executive Committee shall carry out the business of the Board between regular Board meetings if necessary and report to the Board on its actions.

Section 3 – Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall maintain a record of membership status to assist the Secretary.

Section 4 – Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall be the chair, plus other members appointed by the Board in the first quarter of the Calendar Year.  The Nominating Committee shall provide the Board with a slate of nominees for Board positions when such positions become vacant. The Nominating Committee shall also provide a slate of nominees for Executive Committee positions and oversee all elections.

Section 5 – The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor Committee

The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor Committee in partnership with the NASA Langley Research Center will develop a Hall of Honor (HoH), which provides a means by which distinguished Langley Research Center researchers and managers could be honored for their exemplary careers and contributions to NACA, NASA and the nation. The HoH also provides a focused opportunity for the local aerospace community to reflect on the contributions of these notable individuals who made enduring impacts on aerospace technologies.

Section 6 – Ad Hoc Committees

The President may appoint Ad Hoc Committees as necessary to serve at the pleasure of the Board.  Any LAA member can propose an Ad Hoc committee to the President.

ARTICLE VII:  Memberships and Affiliations

Section 1 – Liaison with LaRC

The official LAA interface with the Langley Research Center shall be through the Langley Office of External Affairs.  The Head of this Office will serve as or designate the Ex Officio Member of the Executive Committee.

Section 2 – Cooperative Relations

The Board shall work cooperatively with NACA/NASA organizations or any other organizations with similar goals.  The Board shall review such memberships and affiliations annually.

ARTICLE VIII:  Membership Dues

Annual dues shall be set by the Board before the 4thquarter of the year and are due and payable by January 1 of the following year.  For new members, dues for the first year are waived.  The dues are a means to facilitate the mission of board, that is, to nurture the relationship between Alumni and the Langley Research Center and can be used to fund activities which further this cause.  Expenditures outside this scope, for example to a charity, can be considered as well. Any expenditure shall be approved by the board. 

ARTICLE IX: Amendment of the By-Laws

These By-Laws may be amended by written notice of the proposed change to the Board and membership two (2) weeks prior to the Annual Meeting or a special meeting of the Membership, at which time the change will be presented to the membership.  The amendment then will be voted upon at the next Board meeting.  A quorum, as defined in Article IV, Section 5(b), is necessary to ratify an amendment to the By-Laws.

ARTICLE X: Dissolution

In the event of dissolution of the LAA, assets of the Corporation shall be disbursed, per recommendation of the then current Board of Directors, to other appropriate non-profit corporations qualifying as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.