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Robert Henry Lawrence Jr Status: Deceased. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: One. Birth Date: 02 October 1935. Birth City: Chicago. Birth State: Illinois. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Date of Death: 08 December 1967. Cause of Death: Crash of F-104B while practicing zoom landings. Group: 1967 USAF MOL Group 3. Date Selected: 30 June 1967. Departed: 1967.

America's first astronaut of African-American heritage, he was born in Chicago Illinois. He received a BS in chemistry from Bradley University in 1956, and a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from Ohio State University in 1965. He was a Major in the USAF when selected for MOL Group 3 in 1967. On December 8, 1967, while practicing zoom landings in an F-104B with Major Harvey Royer, the F-104 came they were flying came in too low and hit the runway. Royer ejected and survived, but Lawrence was killed. He left behind a wife and one son.

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