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Naval officer , corporate executive

Donald Davenport Engen, American corporate executive, retired naval officer. Decorated Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal (2), Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air medal (3); recipient Elder Statesman of Aviation award for lifetime achievement National Aeronautical Association, 1989. Member Society Experimental Test Pilots (J.H. Doolittle award 1984).


Engen, Donald Davenport was born on May 28, 1924 in Pomona, California, United States. Son of Sydney Morris and Dorothy (Davenport) Engen.


Graduate, Naval War College, 1966. Bachelor of Science, George Washington University, 1968. Doctor of Science (honorary), Florida Institute of Technology, 1986.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Dowling College, 1987. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Daniel Webster College, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), Embry Riddle Air University, 1988.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1943, advanced through grades to vice admiral, 1976. Commanding officer United States Ship Mount Katmai, 1964, United States Ship America, 1966-1967. Commander Carrier Division 4, 1971-1973.

Deputy Commander in chief United States Naval Forces, Europe, 1973-1976, Atlantic and United States Atlantic Fleet, 1976-1978. Retired, 1978; general manager Lakeland division Piper Aircraft Corporation, Florida, 1978-1980. Senior associate Ketron, Inc., 1980-1982.

Presidential appointee National Transportation Safety Board, 1982-1984. Administrator Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, 1984-1987. President Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation, Frederick, Maryland, since 1987.

Past president Association for Rescue at Sea, New York City.


Member Society Experimental Test Pilots (J.H. Doolittle award 1984). Clubs: Ends of Earth, European-Atlantic Group (London). National Aviation (Cliff Henderson award 1989), Aero (Washington), Wings (New York City).


Married Mary Ann Baker, September 23, 1943. Children: Donald T., Candace L., Christopher W., Charles T.

Sydney Morris Engen

Dorothy (Davenport) Engen

Mary Ann Baker

Donald T. Engen

Candace L. Engen

Christopher W. Engen

Charles T. Engen