A Tribute to a Friend, and A Plea
September 20, 2007 8:04 PM Subscribe
Even Astronauts Commit Suicide.
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Former Navy doctor, astronaut
and Space Shuttle mission specialist
, ham radio operator
, and one time flight surgeon of The Blue Angels, Dr. Chuck Brady
, was denied a hip replacement by the Navy shortly before he took his own life in July, 2006
, and, according to his friend Dr. Ed Drum, this was a pivotal point in the depression that led Dr. Brady to apparently take his own life.
Yet he was furious with friends who tried to intercede on his behalf, with appeals to Sen. John Edwards, and took personal vacation time and traveled to Guam to try to get flight time necessary to maintain his flight surgeon rating, when the Navy wanted to ground him for physical disability. We'll never know, for sure
, what thoughts passed through his mind on Orcas Island
on July 23, 2006
, but to those who knew him, or who merely CQ'd his ham signals from time to time. Dr. Chuck Brady's life will remain both an inspiration and a cautionary tale.