Charles â€œBusterâ€ Seacord, 89, died at home in Albuquerque on Jan. 30, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones. He was cherished by family, friends and colleagues for his inquisitive mind, gentle manner and wry sense of humor. An aeronautical engineer by trade, Buster was an equally avid photographer by avocation.
Born Charles Lynn Seacord Jr. in Memphis, Tenn., he was the single child of L ynn and Margaret Seacord. After a childhood spent absorbed in model airplanes and an education at Georgia Tech, he became a bonafide â€˜rocket scientistâ€™. He worked during World War II at Langley Field, Hampton, Va., for NACAthe precursor to NASA. There, on the beach at Wallops Island, he and other young colleagues designed and tested experimental rockets.
In Hampton, he met and married NACA colleague Connie Denton. In 1949, they moved to Ft Worth, Texas, where, at Convair, he played an instrumental role in autopilot design of the Air Forceâ€™s first supersonic bomber, the B-58. They had two children, Leigh, a painter/university professor, and Lynn, who has been in the information technology business for 30 years. In 1960, Buster joined Minneapolis Honeywell’s Avionics Division, through which, in 1965, he and family moved to Linkoping, Sweden, where he directed the implementation of a flight control system for a first-of-its-kind very short take-of f and landing- Swedish military aircraft, Viggen. Buster and family lived and worked in Sweden and Germany between 1965-1970. After 30 years at Honeywell, he retired with Connie to Roswell to enjoy its slower pace and favorable climate. After losing Connie in 1993, he re-embraced film darkroom work, explored digital photography and woodworking and was a docent at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.
During his life he took more than 10,000 slides and prints, capturing memorable images of friends and family and lifeâ€™s beauty and frailty. In 1997, through involvement in Armchair Travelers, Buster met Charlotte King, of Roswell. They fell in love and married in 1998. The next decade of their life together brought much mutual enjoyment, including world travel; they lived life to its fullest with family and friends. In 2009, they moved to Albuquerque to be closer to their families.
Charles Seacordâ€™s death leaves a void in the lives of family and friends who experienced his discerning and kind nature. He is survived by his cherished wife Charlotte; daughter and son-in-law, Leigh Seacord and Chuck Crespy, of Michigan; son and daughter -in-law, Lynn Seacord and Catherine Master, of Minnesota; his granddaughter, Alison Seacord, of Minnesota; Charlotteâ€™s daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Bill Cross, of New Mexico; her son and daughter -in-law, Charles and Bonnie King, of Florida; and grandsons, Chad King, of Florida, and Chase King, of New York.
A memorial celebration will occur Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at The Montebello, 10500 Academy Road NE, in Albuquerque, 294-9944. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Assurance League of Roswell, 575-624-1780