Simon Ramo, co-chair of the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine, has received two prestigious awards for his contributions to the nation. Ramo was honored in November with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and the 1999 National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Lifetime Achievement from the Smithsonian Institution. The awards recognize his work as a statesman, business leader, scholar, scientist and engineer.
Officials granted the NASA medal during a symposium on the role of civil-military cooperation in the development of American space launch capability. The Smithsonian Institution lauded him for his distinguished career in the United States aerospace industry, including co-founding TRW Inc., as well as his leadership and advocacy.
Ramo, the R in TRW, has received numerous awards for service, including the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has been a member of the board of the W.M. Keck Foundation since 1983.