August 9, 2013.
The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) Agencies’ representatives want to express their sorrow and sympathy after they learned that their fellow colleague and friend, Dr. Michael Wargo, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend of August 3-4, 2013.
In addition to his position at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and his role in numerous international groups and committees addressing space science and exploration, Mike was part of the ISECG and in particular he was leading the ISECG effort to establish an international set of Strategic Knowledge Gaps to inform planning of future human and robotic exploration missions.
His enthusiasm and empathy, together with his extensive knowledge, were essential to reaching consensus and shared views, and his capacity to listen and find commonalities in apparently divergent views was unique. Working with him was extremely rewarding, from the quality of the work produced, to the results achieved under his leadership, and the personal enrichment that each conversation with him provided. Last but not least, his sense of humour, his booming voice, his unswerving good mood and availability during early morning hours J gave a special tone to meetings and telecons with him. Working with him was a pleasure and an honour.
We want to express our deepest condolences to his wife Adele and his family. There is a special place for Mike in our memories.
Miss you Mike…