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Mechanical Engineering

Lionel D. Alford


In recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.

Lionel Alford graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 1951.

He had a distinguished Air Force career during World War II and in Korea, where he flew 100 missions. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

In 1954, Mr. Alford joined the Boeing Corporation as a Test Pilot and in 1959, he moved into management and directed several missile programs, including the Bomarc, Minuteman, Apollo first three stages and Apollo Moon Mission Saturn 5 first stage rocket. He was the General Manager for Boeing work at Huntsville, supporting the first moon landing. In 1973, Mr. Alford was appointed Vice President of Boeing Missile and Space activities and in 1977, he was named President of Boeing Military Airplane Company. He was appointed Senior Vice President of all of Boeing military work in 1984.

Mr. Alford retired from the Boeing Corporation in 1989. His leadership in and contributions to the engineering profession in the aerospace arena have been outstanding.