Nettie Orie

Nettie Orie born in 1946 at Whittaker Memorial. She has lived in the Newport News area most of her life. Orie lived in the Newsome Park community with her family for eighteen years. Following her graduation from Carver High School in Newport News, Orie attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where she studied mathematics. After completing her bachelor’s degree at Fisk in 1968, she returned to the Newport News area, to live with her husband Larry Orie, who she had married earlier that year. Later, in 1970, she began working at the NASA Langley Research Center. Orie had a long career at NASA working on a variety of projects, including work on many air-tunnel tests for airplanes and helicopters. Orie is now retired but remains active within the Newport News community.

-Interview and biographical information recorded in 2015.