Mr. Algranti was born February 8, 1925 in New York, son of the late Samuel Joseph Algranti and Beatrice Carol Algranti. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Physics. He was a pilot in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Commander in the Naval Reserves. He began his career as a research test pilot in Cleaveland, OH at NACA. Next he moved to NASA at Langley, VA. From 1962, he assumed the role of Chief of Aircraft Operations and Chief Test Pilot at NASA in Houston, TX, where he was instrumental in the training of all aspects of the space program.He retired from NASA in 1992, and after retirement, he moved to Chapel Hill and then to LaGrange.
Survivors include his wife, Annabelle Algranti of LaGrange; his children, Dr’s Debbie and Richard Simmons of LaGrange, Samuel and Marilyn Algranti of Houston, TX, and Donald Alaster Cope of New London, CT; eight grandchildren, Andy, Pat, Anna, Stephanie, Joseph, Robert, Adrianne, and Nick.
The family will host a memorial service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice LaGrange in memory of Mr. Joseph Samuel Algranti.
Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road. (706) 884-8636. www.striffler-hamby.com