NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Daryal T. Gant has been appointed deputy assistant laboratory director for administrative divisions of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory by JPL's director, Dr. Lew Allen.

In his new position, Gant will be involved with the direction of JPL's business functions, including contract management, facilities, finance, human resources, procurement and logistical support.

Gant is an alumnus of UCLA's Graduate School of Business Administration and 27-year veteran at JPL. He served as contract manager for the Mariner 10 spacecraft system, headed JPL's Procurement Division, and most recently was manager of administrative operations. For his service to the Mariner project, NASA awarded him its Exceptional Service Medal.

He is active in the National Contract Management Association, which elected him Fellow in 1979. In the La Canada Chamber of Commerce and Community Association, he represents JPL as business director.

Gant and his wife, Mary reside in La Crescenta; they have two grown children, Brenda and Tracey.

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