Duncan Evander McIver

Duncan Evander McIver

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Duncan Evander McIver, 91, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on Thursday, March 7th, 2024.  He was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina, and served as a Naval sonarman in the Mediterranean from 1950-1954 during the Korean Conflict.  After leaving the Navy, Duncan received his B.S. in Physics from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and had a 26-year career at NASA both at Langley, VA and then NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  Upon retiring in 1989 at age 57, he was Vice President for Eagle Aeronautics and then co-founded Technology Commercialization Center (TeCC) resulting in a successful second career working until he was 80-years old.

Duncan was an avid golfer, a lifelong UNC Tar Heel basketball fan and immensely proud of his Scottish heritage.  In addition, Duncan was tireless in his many volunteer pursuits. He was a Deacon at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, a member and former president of the St. Andrews Society, a member of the Crown Colony Club, and a Son of the American Revolution.  He was a former director of the Hampton Air & Space Museum and the former president of the NACA/NASA Langley Retiree Association.  Duncan was the ultimate networker and never met anyone that he didn’t enjoy getting to know better.

Duncan was preceded in death by his sister, Scott Spencer.  He is survived by his loving wife of 63-years, Patricia P. McIver (also from Sanford, NC) and his two sons: Robert D. McIver and his wife Rue and daughter Maia from Eugene, OR and Kevin S. McIver and his wife Brenda from Cloverly, MD.

A future memorial service held at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church will be announced.


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  • April 10, 2024
    R. Wayne Richie says:
    Duncan was a good friend and a mentor for me and many others. He was also a shining example to everyone as a doer vs just watcher. He was just so active at many things and just gave his best effort at whatever he did in the many activities and organizations that he participated in and supported. He will be sorely missed by all.

  • April 07, 2024
    Olaf Storaasli says:
    Duncan, fellow NASA Retiree, was extremely helpful transferring his responsibilities maintaining our NASA Langley Alumni Assn (LAA) Website to me. We became close friends during the process, altho I also knew & respected him during our NASA days. Altho proud of his Scottish heritage, he also shared, like me he had Norwegian heritage he often spoke to me of. We will all miss Duncan at LAA not only as Webmaster but Chair of our Langley Hall of Honor Committee, recognizings those with distinguished NASA Langley contributions to aerospace. Our NASA LAA members will truly miss Duncan and our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to his family. Olaf Storaasli, NASA LAA President ( LarcAlumni.org ) (thanks to Duncan's encouragement & support)

  • March 31, 2024
    Mary Sandy says:
    I was sad to learn of Duncan’s passing. Duncan was always positive, encouraging and very much a gentleman. As Director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, I enjoyed working with Duncan to create the Virginia Aerospace Business Roundtable. I chaired the initial Roundtable and Duncan followed me as Chair. He was a consummate networker who kept in touch, and I have missed hearing from him in recent years. I enjoyed our lunches and meetings together. He is missed. My sincere sympathies to his wife and family.

  • March 25, 2024
    Emedio Bracalente says:
    I wish to express my sincere condolences to you Pat and your boys Robert and Kevin and families on Duncan's passing. He was a gentleman and very close friend. He came to NACA/NASA shortly after I arrived there. We became immediat friends. He loved golf and introduced me to the game and helped me to improve my game. We played golf togethe many times. We car pooled from Queens Lake for a number of years. He always had a smile for you. Was interested in how you were doing and what you were doing. He was not only a close friend of mine but of my family. My two daughter's loved him and are very sorry to hear of his passing. May the memories of Duncan help you find peace and comfort. I know he will be missed. May peace be with you.

  • March 20, 2024
    Patrick Golden says:
    So sorry to hear of Duncan’s passing. I first met him when I was at the Virginia Space Grant Consortium near Langley. He always entered our offices with a smile and gave me several helpful leads in the work that we did. His knowledge and connections in the aerospace community were extensive. When I later worked at Williamsburg Regional Library I resumed interacting with Duncan, this time in program partnerships with the St Andrew Society. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage and wanted to share it with the community. My sympathy and prayers go out to Duncan’s family and friends. He was a true and personable gentleman who brightened the world.