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On October 6, 1986, eleven months after the [[Space Shuttle Challenger disaster|''Challenger'' disaster]], Myers was selected as [[Deputy Administrator of NASA]].{{sfn|Liberman, NASA engineer|2008}} Myers was initially unwilling to accept the position, but after a telephone call from the "persuasive" president [[Ronald Reagan]],{{sfn|University of Texas|1986}} Myers accepted the position.{{sfn|Reidy, Myers Vows|1986}} Replacing [[William Robert Graham]], he was tasked with helping the agency recoup and continue the Space Shuttle program;{{sfn|Liberman, NASA engineer|2008}} in a [[US Senate|Senate]] hearing, Myers argued that the agency had lost its "hands-on, loving care" and that the checks and balances system had "gone soft".{{sfn|Reidy, Myers Vows|1986}} He resigned effective May 13, 1989,{{sfn|NASA, Myers|2004}}{{sfn|Liberman, NASA engineer|2008}} having served as acting administrator in place of [[James C. Fletcher]] for almost a month.{{sfn|AP, Acting NASA|1989}} NASA historian Roger Launius credits Myers with bringing a sense of optimism to the agency following the disaster.{{sfn|Liberman, NASA engineer|2008}}
 
After leaving NASA Myers returned to private consulting, later becoming involved in the failed [[Kistler Aerospace]] program.{{sfn|EA, Myers}} Myers and his wife retired in [[La Costa, California]], near his two grown daughters. He continued to speak publicly about the space program, including giving testimonial before [[United States Congress|Congress]] in 2003{{sfn|Liberman, NASA engineer|2008}} until his death in 2015.
 
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| DATE OF BIRTH = January 8, 1922
| PLACE OF BIRTH = [[Kansas City, Missouri]]
| DATE OF DEATH = March 2019, 2015
| PLACE OF DEATH = [[SanLa DiegoCosta, California]]
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