Joan Archer Aldrin


Age: 84

Summary: first wife of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin (who was the second man to walk on the moon in 1969), whom the couple were symbols of feminine poise, perfectly coiffed mainstays of the home front who waved the flag and raised the children while their husbands raced into space when few American women were placed on a higher pedestal than the wives of the nation's astronauts in the 1960's, and who spoke frankly about the stresses of life as an astronaut's wife for 20 years.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: December 5, 1930

Died: July 22, 2015

Ventura, California