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Larry Barton Bilbrough

December 1, 1943 — November 2, 2021

Larry Barton Bilbrough, 77, of Cornelius, passed away November 2, 2021, with his family by his side. 

Larry was born December 1, 1943 in Greensboro, Maryland.  He attended University of Maryland, where he was a proud member of the marching band and earned a degree in physics.  He later earned a master’s degree in aerospace education from Middle Tennessee State University.  Larry worked for NASA for more than 35 years.  He was an educator, mentor, friend, and trusted colleague who lived and worked to share his deep passion for supporting educators and inspiring all students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Throughout his tenure at NASA, he was tirelessly devoted to his NASA family and leaves behind a legacy of a profound and lasting impact on countless students, educators, and colleagues.  Larry led the Teacher in Space program, working closely with the Teacher Astronauts and the teacher in space finalists from each of the 50 states. He loved traveling, coaching basketball, and was an avid sports fan. After his retirement, Larry moved to North Carolina where he became interested in Davidson basketball and followed the team closely.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary; two children, Cindy (David Hedges) and David; and three grandsons. 

A private memorial service for family and close friends will take place at a later date.  

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