2000 - present
2008 UNIVERSITY AVIATION ASSOCIATION
For serving as the voice of collegiate aviation for 60 years in support of professional development, scholarship, industry
collaboration and promotion of aviation and aerospace careers
2007 No Award Given
2006 MARY FEIK
In recognition of over 65 years of personal and professional dedication to aviation education as a teacher, mentor, innovator,
pilot, engineer and leader to America’s youth.
2005 DOCENTS OF NASM (Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
For 30 years of leadership and dedicated service in support of the educational programming and outreach of the world’s
most visited museum.
The National Air and Space Museum is the most visited museum in the world with more than 250 million visitors entering its
doors since opening in July, 1976. In the museum’s mission to "commemorate, educate and inspire," the Docent Corps
is an invaluable asset in reaching, educating and inspiring the millions of Americans who visit the museum annually—teaching
them about America’s heritage and encouraging them to learn more about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
topics key to our nation’s legacy of successes in aviation and space exploration.
2004 DEBORAH V. GALLOWAY
For substantially enhancing and expanding aerospace education by developing government and NASA-sponsored programs, enthusiastically
supporting other organizations’ educational programs, inspiring countless numbers of the nation’s teachers and
2003 PHILLIP S. WOODRUFF
For exceptional service and dedication in the promotion of aerospace education on a national and international basis, and
for building coalitions and programs that support educational objectives.
2002 CIVIL AIR PATROL
For over 61 years of volunteer service during which the Civil Air Patrol inspired America’s youth to explore the
wonders of aviation and space flight and promoted aerospace education excellence in the United States.
2001 THE NINETY-NINES, INC.
For significant contributions of enduring value in the field of aviation and space education in the United States.
THE NINETY-NINES, INC., is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 35 countries with over 5,500 members
throughout the world (in 2007). Although there are other female pilot organizations in various states and nations, virtually
all women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines.
The organization came into being November 2, 1929, at Curtiss Field, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York. All 117 American
female pilots had been invited to assemble for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Louise Thaden was elected secretary
and worked tirelessly to keep the group together as we struggled to organize and grow until 1931, when Amelia Earhart was
elected as first president and the group was named for the 99 charter members.
2000 NASA SPACELINK TEAM
In recognition of NASA's Spacelink Team's contributions to the educational community for over a decade of service of providing
electronic access to NASA aeronautics and space-related information and educational materials.
1999 RUSSELL W. WATSON
1998 GORDON B. HOFF
1997 DR. FRANK G. MITCHELL
1996 JACK K. BARKER
1995 DR. THOMAS J. CONNOLLY
1994 RAYMOND J. JOHNSON
1993 GARY W. KITELEY
1992 DR. WALLACE R. MAPLES
1991 KENNETH L. TALLMAN
1990 LOCKHART J. SMITH JR.
1989 (No Award Was Given)
1988 DR. CURTIS M. GRAVES
1987 DR. JOHN D. ODEGARD
1986 DR. PAUL A. WHELAN
1985 CHARLES ALFRED (CHIEF) ANDERSON
1984 MARY JO KNOUFF
1983 SENATOR BARRY M. GOLDWATER
1982 JOHN V. SORENSON
1981 EDWARD W. STIMPSON
1980 FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND DR. JEROME P. KEUPER, President and Founder, Florida Institute of
1979 PAUL H. POBEREZNY
1978 MICHAEL COLLINS, Under Secretary of The Smithsonian Institution and the team of people he assembled
while serving as Director of The National Air And Space Museum
1977 THE HONORABLE DON H. CLAUSEN
1976 DR. J. WESLEY CRUM
1975 DR. LESLIE L. THOMASON
1974 DR. WAYNE R. MATSON
1973 DR. FREDERICK B. TUTTLE
1972 DR. WAYNE O. REED
1971 PROFESSOR HAROLD S. WOOD
1970 DR. WALTER ZAHAREVITZ
1969 James H. Straubel
1968 Joseph T. Geuting, Jr.
1967 Dr. Roland H. Spaulding
1966 Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr.
1965 Mrs. Jane N. Marshall
1964 Gill Robb Wilson
1963 Marilyn Link
1962 Dr. Merlyn Mclaughlin
1961 James V. Bernardo
1960 George N. Gardner, Pan American World Airways, Inc.
1959 Dr. Paul E. Garber, Head Curator and Historian, National Air Museum
1958 Dr. Evan Evans
1957 Edwin A. Link
1956 Ray O. Mertes
1955 Willis C. Brown
For services rendered in seeking, through group action, to interest more youths in some phase of aviation through classroom
and experience-type programs. View biography.
1954 Dr. John H. Furbay, Director, Air World Education, Trans World Airlines
1953 Dr. Leslie A. Bryan, Director, Institute of Aviation, University of Illinois
1952 Civil Air Patrol
1951 Dr. Harold E. Mehrens, Supervisor of the Aviation Education Program, Civil Aeronautics Administration
1950 Senior Lt. John H. Burton, USN
1949 Mrs. Elsie W. Adams, Supervisory Teacher, Denver Public Schools
1948 Philip S. Hopkins, President, Board Of Education, Binghampton, New York
1947 Dr. Nickolaus L. Englehardt, Jr., Air Age Education Research
1946 Dr. Frank E. Sorenson, Associate Professor of Education, University Of Nebraska
1945 Dr. Huber W. Hurt, Director Of Development And Research, Boy Scouts Of America
1944 Dr. Edgar Fuller, Assistant Director, Aviation Education Program of the Civil Aeronautics Administration
1943 Civil Aeronautics Administration