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Randolph native Scott Tingle now an astronaut

Scott Tingle has achieved his dream to be an astronaut. Scott Tingle has achieved his dream to be an astronaut. (NASA)
By Paul E. Kandarian
November 6, 2011

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When he was growing up in Randolph, Scott D. Tingle always had an eye to the sky - and then got there, becoming a highly decorated commander in the US Navy.

Tingle, 46, a 1983 graduate of Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, is qualified to go even farther into the wild blue yonder: This month, he is one of a select group of 14 aviators graduating from NASA’S astronaut candidate training program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Tingle was tapped for the program in 2009 from a field of 3,500 applicants.

“I was speechless,’’ Tingle said, when notified of his acceptance. “I had thought of that day for pretty much 40 years.’’

After graduating Blue Hills, he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University, now UMass-Dartmouth, and then a master’s degree from Purdue University in 1988.

He was commissioned as a naval officer in 1991, and went on to fly 54 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, along the way earning a Meritorious Service Medal; three Air Medals; six Navy Commendation Medals, including a Combat V; four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals; and various unit commendations.

Training to become an astronaut includes classroom instruction, T-38 flight training, trips to Germany and Japan to see space programs there, and putting on 200-pound space suits and performing training underwater to simulate low-gravity conditions in space.

Tingle said he and the other astronauts had to become somewhat fluent in Russian as their training will allow them to work on the Russian international space station.

Although NASA ended its space shuttle program this year, there still will be ample opportunities for astronauts to ply their trade, according to the agency’s website. In addition to the chance to work on the space station, they can help build and fly the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, which is a new NASA vehicle designed for deep-space exploration, and further NASA’s efforts to partner with industry to provide a commercial capability for space transportation to the space station.

While his training has been long and hard, Tingle credits his family - wife Raynette, and their 17-year-old daughter and 15- and 9-year-old sons - with enduring the rigors of being a military family, which includes bouncing around from duty station to duty station. “My kids are very strong,’’ he said.

Twenty years ago, Tingle said, he would have thought being an astronaut was “a really cool job.’’ Ten years ago, he continued, he would’ve thought it would be “awesome to be part of a team.’’

Now that he is, he said, “I want to serve. That is the part that really makes me tick.’’

EASTON MUSICIAN GOING ON NPR: Alexia DelGiudice, 17, a violist from Easton, will be recorded Feb. 4 in front of an audience at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The performance will air about a month later on National Public Radio’s “From the Top’’ program. DelGiudice will perform the “Rapsodie’’ from the first movement of the “Suite Hebraique’’ by Ernest Bloch. She is daughter of Andrea DelGiudice, director of the DelGuidice Vocal Arts Academy in Easton.

HOCKEY HALL OF FAMERS: Michael O’Connell of Cohasset and Phil Re and Gloria Heerman, both of Randolph, are being inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame Wednesday at Lombardo’s in Randolph. O’Connell is a former Boston Bruin defenseman and general manager. Re and Heerman are being inducted in the Hockey Builders category for expanding the sport in the state. Tickets to the event are $60 and available by contacting James Prior at 781-938-4400, or jimprior@easternjunior.com. For more information, visit www.masshockey.com.

CYCLISTS PEDAL FOR A CAUSE: More than two dozen cyclists, including Easton residents August Gangi, Jennifer Meyers, Ted Myles, and Lori Prew, pedaled 25, 50 or 100 miles in October to raise money for homeless children through the 2011 Rodman Ride for Kids. The cyclists were part of Team SOWMA (School on Wheels of Massachusetts), and raised most of their $80,000 goal that day. Donations can still be made at tinyurl.com/3fgtqeg.

School on Wheels is a Brockton-based nonprofit that provides afterschool customized tutoring programs for homeless children in Brockton, Middleborough, Norwell, Stoughton, and New Bedford. For information on the school, visit www.sowma.org.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Carol Bulman, chief executive of Norwell-based Jack Conway Co., was named one of 10 “Mortgage Titans of New England’’ by New England Mortgage Bankers, at the group’s recent convention. The presentation was made by Vincent Valvo, editor and publisher of Banker and Tradesman Magazine, which also named Bulman as one of 10 “Women of Fire’’ in real estate. . . . Cheryl B. Pinarchick, Hingham resident and shareholder at the Boston law firm Murphy & King, was a guest speaker last month at the Taylor Vinters International Employment Conference in Cambridge, England, where she spoke about key employment-law issues from around the world. “Managing Employees Overseas’’ was the conference theme, and Murphy & King president Harry Murphy said Pinarchick’s expertise in employment law has “led her to routinely counsel companies in the United States and the United Kingdom on best practices under US employment law.’’ . . . Melissa J. Browne of Cohasset has joined Coastal Countryside Properties in that town as a realtor. She was formerly chief operating officer of the state chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and senior vice president, partner, and director of marketing and research at Colliers Meredith & Grew.

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at kandarian@globe.com.