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Dr. Carolyn Leach Huntoon (2021)

Louisiana Legends Gala



Genre: Event

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-05-06

Duration: 00:10:18

Subjects: Huntoon, Carolyn Leach | Women scientists | United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Denison, John Host
  • Whitson, Peggy Interviewee
  • Vitali, Sally Huntoon Interviewee
  • Huntoon, Carolyn Leach Speaker


This segment from the 2021 Louisiana Legends Gala features a profile and a prerecorded speech by Dr. Carolyn Leach Huntoon accepting her recognition as a Louisiana Legend. Huntoon, a native of Leesville, was the first woman to serve as the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Her profile includes interviews with Dr. Peggy Whitson, a retired astronaut and her friend, and Dr. Sally Huntoon Vitali, her daughter. Hosts: Beth Courtney and John Denison