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Space age brought JFK, Space Research Center to Pitt

President Kennedy visited the University of Pittsbrugh in October of 1962 in the midst of the space race. Photo courtesy of Historic Pittsburgh

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

December 14, 2015

When Murray “Buzz” Susser enrolled in Pitt’s School of Medicine in 1962, he hoped to someday be the first doctor on the moon. An Air Force Reserve captain and former National Guard pilot, Susser wanted to trade jets for spaceships as a medical astronaut on Project Apollo. He was ready for the gi...

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