Alan Poindexter, Astronaut, CHS Grad, Killed in Florida Accident

Poindexter, 50, who went to space aboard the shuttle Discovery, grew up in Coronado.

Alan G. Poindexter, an astronaut who grew up in Coronado, has died following an accident on the water in Florida, reports NASA, in his official biography.

Poindexter and his son were riding different water crafts Sunday, authorities said, but when Poindexter stopped, his son didn't, and they collided, according to the Huffington Post, via the Associated Press. The report added:

A boat picked up Poindexter and took him to shore. He was talking and complaining about rib injuries but he lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The accident happened in a bay between Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach in Florida’s Panhandle where Poindexter had been vacationing.


Poindexter went into space twice, in 2008 and 2010, aboard the Atlantis and the Discovery; the missions took him to the International Space Station.

The Navy captain – whose father, Adm. John Poindexter, was a part of former President Ronald Reagan's administration – flew at Miramar and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He worked as dean of students at the Naval Postgraduate School after his retirement from NASA in 2010, according to AP.

According to his official biography, he graduated from Coronado High School in 1979, before moving on to the Georgia Institute of Technology for his undergraduate work and the Naval Postgraduate School for his masters degree.

For more, see NASA and the Huffington Post.

Jamie Edmonds July 03, 2012 at 05:42 PM
We are still in shock. You will be sorely missed, my friend. I uploaded a pic of riding the Texas Hill Country with Dex and the rest of the BMWSportTouring crew back in 2004. When he went up for his second trip on the shuttle he took one of the website's greeting cards with him and sent us the other shot with the earth in the window behind him. Leslie and I send our most heartfelt prayers for peace and comfort to his family and friends during this horrible ordeal. R.I.P., Dex.
Jennifer Vigil July 03, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Jamie, thanks for sharing the additional shots and the memories. Much appreciated.
S.E. Pierson August 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
A memorial for Captain Alan Poindexter has been set for 1:00 pm on August 10, at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Also, a beneficial trust has been established for the long-term health, support and maintenance of Poindexter’s severely autistic and epileptic son who needs 24-hour care. Donations to the Samuel Pfeiffer Poindexter Special Needs Trust may be made via: Wells Fargo Advisors, 208 Golden Oak Court, Suite 300, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Donations are not tax deductible. Facebook | Captain Alan Poindexter Memorial - Fund for Samuel P. Poindexter


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