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G IV I N G TO E M B RY-R I D D L E Helping future leaders take flight Edward W. Stimpson Scholarship puts students on path to success I Above (from left): Ed and Dottie Stimpson; and Ed while serving as U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization. BY A N THO N Y B R OW N n the 1970s, a “tall man with a warm smile” named Edward W. Stimpson helped then Embry-Riddle President Jack Hunt lead a young and growing university from a relatively modest operation to what would become the world’s top-ranked aviation and aerospace university. Today, Stimpson’s legacy comes full circle with the establishment of the Edward W. Stimpson Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Honoring the visionary and university trustee who dedicated his life to ensuring a strong future for aviation, the scholarship will provide support annually for two junior or senior students who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities and high academic achievement. “We don’t have enough role models for young people to look up to today,” says Dorothy “Dottie” Stimpson, who established the scholarship in memory of her late husband. “We need leaders in aviation who have the same kind of moral values [that Ed exempli ed] in service to this country.” “Whether you are talking about the university or the aviation industry, Ed Stimpson was one of our great leaders,” says university President and CEO John Johnson. “His ability to bring people together toward a common purpose set him apart. Embry-Riddle and the general aviation industry would not be where they are today without him.” ‘GENTLE GIANT’ OF GENERAL AVIATION In addition to his 24 years of service and seven years as chairman of Embry-Riddle’s Board of Trustees, Stimpson held leadership roles in some of the most important aviation organizations in the nation. He served as president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association for 25 years, and as chairman of the “Be a Pilot” program, which under his leadership became one of the largest learn-to- y organizations in history. For all of his accomplishments, Stimpson received more than 33 national awards in his lifetime, including the Wright Memorial Trophy, the EAA Freedom of Flight Award, the National Aeronautical Association’s Frank G. Brewer Trophy and the NBAA’s Meritorious Service In Aviation award. Perhaps his greatest contribution to aviation came in 1994, when Congress approved the General Aviation Revitalization Act. For eight 20 LIFT FALL 2012 WWW.GIVINGTO.ERAU.EDU

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - Fall 2012

Lift - Fall 2012
Letter from the President
Wings of Legacy
Flight Path
Moving Mountains
Carving New Ventures
What Presence!
Releasing the Dragon
Giving to Embry-Riddle
Alumni in Action
Alumni News
Class Notes

Lift - Fall 2012