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Auburn Professor Dr. David Lewis To Give Lecture
At UTD July 27 On 'Ace of Aces' Eddie Rickenbacker
RICHARDSON, Texas (June 26, 2002) — Dr. W. David Lewis, a distinguished professor of history at Auburn University and former Charles A. Lindbergh Professor of Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum, will deliver a lecture on World War I “Ace of Aces” Eddie Rickenbacker at 4 p.m. July 27 in the auditorium of the McDermott Library at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
The lecture, part of the George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lectures Series, is free and open to the public, but seating will be limited to 100. The Jalonicks were friends of UTD and of the university’s History of Aviation Collection. Their children and friends endowed the series in the early 1990’s in their memory. Lewis’ presentation, entitled “The Hero in His Prime: Edward V. Rickenbacker and Eastern Airlines, 1934-1941,” is being sponsored by the McDermott Library’s Special Collections Department.
Rickenbacker shot down 22 airplanes and four enemy balloons during WW I. He worked for General Motors and several aviation-related companies after the war. In 1934, Rickenbacker, a Harvard-trained economist, became general manager of Eastern Air Lines and transformed the faltering enterprise into a profitable airline. In 1938, he became president of Eastern and led it to unprecedented growth and profitability.
is a unique opportunity for those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to
hear one of the foremost aviation scholars in the world,” said Dr.
Erik D. Carlson, head of the library’s Special Collections Department.
“Dr. Lewis has written about commercial aviation for more than 30
years and is highly respected in this field.”
Lewis has been a member of the Auburn faculty since 1971. He was awarded the prestigious Leonardo da Vinci Medal by the Society for the History of Technology in 1993, and he was the principal organizer of an international conference in Switzerland on aviation history in 1992. In 1999, he was named Auburn’s Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecturer.
received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1961. He is the author
of six books and the editor of three other books. Lewis has also written
or co-written more than 60 articles, book chapters and encyclopedia
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor , enrolls more than 7,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's Web site at www.utdallas.edu.
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