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THOMAS WIRTH TO SUCCEED RICHARD DAVIS AS PRESIDENT OF MARTIN MARIETTA MANNED SPACE SYSTEMS

         THOMAS WIRTH TO SUCCEED RICHARD DAVIS AS PRESIDENT
               OF MARTIN MARIETTA MANNED SPACE SYSTEMS
    BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Martin Marietta Corporation (NYSE: ML) has appointed Thomas C. Wirth president of its Manned Space Systems operations at New Orleans effective Jan. 1, 1992.
    Wirth will succeed Richard M. Davis, who will retire after a 38-year Martin Marietta career that saw him play key roles in a wide variety of the corporation's programs and technologies.
    Wirth, 56, currently is vice president for the external tank project for Manned Space Systems.  Martin Marietta is prime contractor for the huge tanks that fuel the space shuttle's main engines and form the backbone of the shuttle structure.
    Wirth joined the corporation in 1958 on the Titan I program at Cape Canaveral.  He managed project engineering for Martin Marietta's work on the Skylab program and served as director of the corporation's external tank operations, both assignments at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
    Wirth held senior positions for the corporation at its Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Denver facilities and was named to his current position in 1986.  He is the recipient of two NASA Distinguished Public Service Medals and has received Martin Marietta's highest award for professional excellence, the Jefferson Cup.
    Davis has been president of Manned Space Systems since 1986.  He joined the corporation in 1953 at its Baltimore operations. Subsequently, Davis held a series of management positions on company programs for the NASA and U.S. Air Force at Martin Marietta in Denver.  Davis was named director of the external tank project in New Orleans in 1978 and was promoted to vice president and general manager in 1984.
    Under his leadership, Manned Space Systems was one of the first recipients of NASA's Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity. Davis also has received NASA's Distinguished Public Service Award and Martin Marietta's Jefferson Cup.
    "Ric Davis' outstanding service on behalf of the nation's space programs personifies Mission Success," said Norman R. Augustine, chairman and chief executive officer of the corporation.  "It is a tradition that Tom Wirth is superbly qualified to continue as the leader of a Manned Space Systems team dedicated to the highest standards of performance and customer support."
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    /CONTACT:  Charles P. Manor of Martin Marietta, 301-897-6258/
    (ML) CO:  Martin Marietta Corporation ST:  Maryland IN:  ARO SU:  PER DC -- DC020 -- 3132 11/11/91 15:46 EST
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