RUSSELL W. WATSON
In recognition of 35 years of contributions made to the advancement of aviation education as a developer and leader of innovative programs for national organizations, and as an unselfish mentor to teachers, students and numerous others by providing ideas and encouragement for their success.
GORDON B. HOFF
For his national leadership and tireless efforts towards the advancement of aviation education for children of all ages.
DR. FRANK G. MITCHELL
For lifetime service to aviation education as an aviation industry representative, educator, volunteer, and friend to teachers, students, and numerous individual whose lives have been touched by the strength and belief that he has in making a difference in our children’s futures.
JACK K. BARKER
For more than 30 years of service and dedication to aerospace education so that the next generation of Americans will know and appreciate the economic and social importance of aviation to the nation. His continuing, life long dedication to aviation and space education has pioneered the development of aerospace education. His efforts have received national recognition and impacted millions of school children nationwide.
DR. THOMAS J. CONNOLLY
For 32 years of continuous outstanding classroom teaching, significant national leadership, and unique accomplishments in aviation education at all levels. As Professor, Chair, and Dean of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University he has played a key role in the development of the largest Professional Pilot College Degree program in the world.
RAYMOND J. JOHNSON
For nearly a half-century of leadership and innovation in aviation and aerospace education at all levels, kindergarten through university. His pioneering leadership has been demonstrated at the local community level, as well as state, regional, national and international levels. His work involved stimulating volunteers in Civil Air Patrol's programs as well as educators at all grade levels and curricular areas. He is also recognized as an author and editor.
GARY W. KITELEY
For outstanding contributions of enduring value in the field of aviation and aerospace education in the United States and internationally. Among many notable achievements, Mr. Kiteley has enhanced the quality of aviation education through the development of airway science curriculum and the creation of the Council on Aviation Accreditation.
DR. WALLACE R. MAPLES
For outstanding contributions of enduring value in the field of aviation and aerospace education in the United States and internationally. Dr. Maples has provided leadership in aerospace education for teachers, managers, administrators, pilots, and aviation maintenance personnel. His aviation education programs have served as models for many other colleges and universities in the United States and overseas.
KENNETH L. TALLMAN
For over 40 years of creative leadership, personal accomplishments and professional contributions to aviation and space education. As Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as President of the Spartan School of Aeronautics and as President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he has been instrumental in developing and delivering aviation and space education to thousands of today's aviation professionals.
LOCKHART J. SMITH, JR.
For his lifetime contribution of motivating, inspiring, and teaching aerospace sciences, aircraft design, construction, and maintenance to two generations of students at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He epitomizes the very best of the many thousands of dedicated aerospace educators and leaders who motivate our young men and women to take up careers in aviation. Without the dedication of educators like Lockhart Smith, the United States could not have achieved its position of worldwide leadership in aviation and space.