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Sigi Northcutt
Daughter of
Dr. Kurt H. Debus
First KSC Center Director
John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Sigi Northcutt was born in 1944 at the close of World War II, in Gelnhausen, a small town east of Frankfurt, Germany. At age three, she accompanied her mother and sister to El Paso, Texas to be with her father, Dr. Kurt Debus.

Northcutt grew up in Huntsville, Ala. along with many other German families who had moved to the United States after the war as the U.S. began work on a new space program. Many Huntsville-based engineers came to Florida to work year round on a regular basis, and their families soon considered Florida a summer vacation spot. In the mid-1950s, Dr. Debus and his family moved to Florida permanently, where Northcutt attended junior and senior high school.

She graduated from Cocoa High School in 1963 and attended Florida State University. She married William Northcutt, a Marine, in 1967. She and her husband have 3 children - Michelle Peters, Monika Russell, and Melly Northcutt - and 2 grandchildren. Northcutt currently works as the office manager for her husband, an attorney in Indian Harbour Beach.

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center