Bob Wilmes, a retired Space Shuttle worker, and his three daughters visited the Endeavor exhibit on Thursday, Dec. 12, with the help from Silverado Memory Care Community and the California Science Center. They gave Wilmes a glimpse into his past.
"From work on the B-1 and B-2 Bombers to the Apollo Space program and then the Space Shuttle, Wilmes' lifelong career in aerospace is the ultimate representation of American ingenuity and innovation," according to the Silverado Care press release. "Today, Wilmes is unable to remember much of the history he helped shape. In 2007, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and moved to Silverado Calabasas Memory Care Community where he has continued to live a full life."
His daughter, Joyce Wilmes Reitz, said in the press release, "Since dad has Alzheimer’s, our hope was that the visit would help jumpstart some of his memories, and I could tell when he was focusing on the shuttle that there was a glimmer of recognition there. It's such an amazing life's work for him and I feel really proud that I could be a part of it today."