Daniel M. Tellep, an aerospace engineer who took the initiative to become the world’s largest military contractor by merging between Lockheed and Martin Marietta, then became its first chief executive, died on November 26 at his home in Saratoga, California. He was 89.
His death was confirmed by his daughter Susan Telllap.
Mr. Taillep was at the helm of Lockheed when the Cold War ended. Lockbeds, based in Calabas, was struggling and seeing a potentially low demand with a relaxation of global tensions, as did Martin Marietta’s Norman R. Under the leadership of Augustine. The merger in 1995 created a defense industry. In 2019, Lockheed Martin net sales Were $ 59.8 billion.
Marlene Hewson, executive chairman of Lockheed Martin, said that the “merger between Locked and Martin” that she circled between Lockheed and Martin “led to innovations and capabilities that protected our nation, our allies and our highest ideals” Huh.” Death of Mr. Tellep.
As a chief executive at Lockheed and then at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Tellep developed military communications satellites, photographic intelligence satellites, the Hubble Space Telescope, and more.
As an engineer at Lockheed, he was a pioneer of space and missile technology systems. He was the lead scientist on the country’s first re-entry flight experiments to determine how a nuclear missile could go back into space, and then back into the atmosphere without being destroyed. He also worked on the production of submarine-launched ballistic missile systems and thermal tiles to rescue the space shuttle.
“He had the knowledge of how to avoid burning things, basically,” his longtime colleague David Klinger said in a phone interview. “He was very good at math and also had a practical side to really making things work. And he was so good that the company put him in charge of more and more people.
Daniel Tellep was born on November 20, 1931 in Forest City, Pa. At, about 25 miles northeast of Scranton, to John and Mary Taillep. His father worked as a coal processor and then as a carpenter. His mother, who immigrated from Eastern Europe as a child, worked for a thread company. The family later moved to San Diego, where his father worked as a machine and where Daniel grew up.
Daniel had a passion for flying from a young age, when he began developing a lifelong passion for model airplanes; In a memoir written for his family, he recalled his first creation:
“There is no doubt that the finished model was raw, but it was three-dimensional, recognizable as one of the popular airplanes of the era, and I could hold it on my arm and move it like That it was in flight. I remember watching it for hours. “
He studied mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, graduated at Suma Cum Laude in 1954, and received a master’s degree in 1955. That year he joined Lockheed. He was the principal scientist of the X-17, one of the earliest research rockets.
Mr. Tellep’s work in re-entry techniques and thermodynamics earned him a 32-year-old Lawrence B. Sperry Award from American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was later elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Through Lockheed’s ranks, Mr. Tellep was named chairman in 1984 and chairman and chief executive in 1989. The company was struggling, and they helped to commission it. He was in charge at the time when it won a major contract to manufacture the F-22, the latest generation of Air Force fighter jets. The contract translated into $ 70 billion in revenue for the company and its partners and solidified Lockheed’s corporate rebound.
He saw leadership.
“Throughout Lockheed’s travels over the years, Mr. Telllap has maintained his characteristic externally calm and sociable,” The New York Times wrote For him in 1991, “although he proved himself tough as the most brutal corporate raider.”
Mr. Tellep became the first chairman and chief executive of Lockheed Martin in 1995, serving as CEO for nine months and as chairman until 1998.
He met Margaret Lewis in college and married her in 1954. The couple had four girls and later divorced. She met and married Patricia Baumgartner, a psychiatrist, in 1970. They lived together until his death in 2005.
In addition to her daughter Susan, she is survived by her three other daughters, Teresa and Mary Tellep, and Patricia Axelrod; His first wife, with whom he remained close; Two stepdaughters, Chris Chatwell and Anne Bosange from their second marriage; Seven grandchildren; And five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Tellep’s passion for flight grew in his adult years, when he took to the skies in an anless glider, requiring in-depth knowledge of wind and thermodynamics. He flew radio-controlled airplanes in the early 80s. And the model plane he had made as a boy, including a treasure he had lost.
“On a hot summer day, I launched Glider,” he wrote in his family memoir, and it seems to be descending forever. This was when I learned about ‘thermals’. All things come to light with this rising column of air – and includes my glider. Since I did not put my name on it, there was no way it could be returned. Now, after so many years, it is with me in a different way. “