Distinguished Alumni

Jeanne Hahn Pedigo

Jeanne Hahn Pedigo is a 1949 LMU graduate and member of the Professional Hall of Fame.  In 2003, she was elected to the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

An aeronautical engineer, with degrees in physics and mathematics and graduate work in aviation management, she did aviation research at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Field, which later became NASA.  Pedigo was on design teams for the F-86 Saber Jet aircraft, the F-100 Super Saber jet aircraft at North American Aviation corporation in Englewood, California, and at the Missile Division in Downey, California, where she worked on a design for a stellar supervised guidance system for unmanned missiles.  She later became technical service analyst for the program conducting briefings for Pentagon officials.

She married Roanoke businessman William Pedigo and moved back to Virginia.  Governor Holton appointed her to the Virginia Aviation Board in 1971 where she served until 1986 having been reappointed by Governors Dalton, Godwin and Robb.  For six years she served as chairman of the Aviation Board, the only woman ever to hold that position.  She resigned in 1986 to re-enter private industry, serving as director of Business Planning and Governmental Affairs for Campbell and Paris Engineers in Chantilly, Virginia.  In 1998, Governor Gilmore appointed her to serve another term on the Aviation Board.  She left the Board and the engineering firm in 2002 and now does some free-lance consulting for the aviation industry.  Pedigo continues to be active in many aviation-related organizations.  She is a member of the Hall of Fame for the Salem Educational Foundation in Virginia.