Raye Montague

Raye Montague
BornRaye Jean Jordan
(1935-01-21)January 21, 1935
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedOctober 10, 2018(2018-10-10) (aged 83)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
OccupationNaval engineer

Raye Jean Montague (née Jordan; January 21, 1935 – October 10, 2018)[1] was an American naval engineer credited with creating the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. naval ship. She was the first female program manager of ships in the United States Navy.[2]

Early life and education

Raye Jordan was born on January 21, 1935 to Rayford Jordan and Flossie Graves Jordan in Little Rock, Arkansas.[3] She was inspired to pursue engineering after seeing a German submarine that had been captured by the Americans and put on tour across the country.[4]

She graduated from Merrill High School in 1952 and Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1956 with a bachelor of science degree in business. At the time, the engineering program at the University of Arkansas did not admit African-American students.[5]

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