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William T. Tallant

December 19, 1935 — June 9, 2022

William “Bill” Telfair Tallant, of Crofton, Maryland, 86, died on Thursday June 9, 2022. Bill was born in McKenzie, Alabama, on December 19, 1935 to William Horace Tallant and Lydia (Hester) Tallant.

He attended Auburn University, graduating in 1958 with a degree in Engineering. Soon afterward, he relocated to Maryland, and had a long, distinguished career at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, retiring in 2002.

While working at NASA, Bill worked on numerous projects, including the Solar Maximum Repair Mission, which was the first mission ever to perform a repair of a satellite in space, and the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, which could closely observe the earth’s upper atmosphere.

In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf and bridge, and following local and Auburn University sports teams. He also enjoyed going on many cruises with his wife Marguerite.

Bill loved his family most of all. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marguerite (Lewis) Tallant, his children Laura Mayer (Randy), Robin Tallant (Joe) and Marcus Tallant (Huong), and grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Teresa Parks.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, June 18th, from 2-4 PM., at Beall Funeral Home at 6512 NW Crain Highway in Bowie, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Million Girls Moonshot ( Online condolences may be made at

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