Colonel Frank Borman

Inducted November 13, 1986


Arizona Chapter

Tuscon, AZ

Commander Gemini 7 1965.
Commander Apollo 8, the first manned lunar orbital mission 1968.
Received the first Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
Chairman of the Board of Eastern Airlines 1976 - 1986.
Elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Texas Air Corp 1986.
Arizona Chapter, Tucson, Arizona. Initiated 1943.
What began as a love of airplanes when he was 15 years old became a long and distinguished career in aeronautics. Frank Borman was born in Gary, Indiana on March 14, 1928, and was raised in Tucson, Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1950 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1957. Borman completed the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program in 1970.

An Air Force officer from 1950, he served as a fighter pilot, an operational pilot and instructor, an experimental test pilot, and an assistant professor of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at West Point. When selected by NASA, Borman was an instructor at the Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California. In 1967, he was a member of the Apollo 204 Fire Investigation Board. A pioneer of the American Space Odyssey, Borman led the first team of American astronauts to circle the moon. Internationally, he is known as Commander of the 1968 Apollo 8 Mission.

Borman retired from the Air Force in 1970, but his career did not end there. He began working at Eastern Airlines, and worked his way up to Chief Executive Officer in 1975 and Chairman of the Board in 1976. Borman retired from Eastern Airlines in 1986.

Borman continued to serve the business community after his retirement as a member of the Board of Directors of Home Depot, National Geographic, Outboard Marine Corporation, Auto Finance Group, Thermo Instrument Systems, and American Superconductor. His autobiography, Countdown: An Autobiography of Frank Borman, was released in October 1988. Borman and his wife, Susan, reside in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They have two sons, Frederick and Edwin, and four grandchildren.

Borman was initiated into Arizona Chapter DeMolay in Tucson, Arizona, in 1943. Borman was a member of the first class to be inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on November 13, 1986.

"My DeMolay experience was a very positive part of growing up. I remember it with pleasure and I recommend a similar experience to every young man."