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John Jay Ide


John Jay Ide, American aeronautics. Awarded Commendation Ribbon by Commander of Twelfth Fleet.


Ide, John Jay was born on June 26, 1892 in Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, United States. Son of George Elmore (rear admiral United States Navy) and Alexandra Louise (Bruen) I.


Graduate Browning School, New York, 1909. Certificate of Architecture, Columbia, 1913. Studied École des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1914.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Hanover College, 1952.


Architect with H. T. Lindeberg, New York, 1916-1917 and 1920-1921. Technical assistant in Europe of National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, at American Embassy, Paris, 1921-1940, 1949-1950. Consultant for National Advisory Committee for aeronautics, 1950-1958.

On active duty in Bureau Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia, 1940-1943. Ensign Lieutenant (junior grade) and Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve Flying Corps, 1917-1920. Assigned to staff, commander United States Naval Forces (Europe) as Technology Air Intelligence Officer, 1943-1946.

Temporary duty with Combined Intelligence Objectives subcommittee, Paris, August 1944, United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Germany, June 1945. Appointed assistant Naval attache for Air, American Embassy, London, August 1945, advanced to captain United States Navy Reserve, November 1945. Ended foreign duty, November 1946.

Delegate Anglo-American Air Conference, 1947-1959. Special mission Europe United States Air Force, 1951. Trustee French Institute of the United States, Museum of the City of New York.

Fellow Pierpont Morgan Library.


  • Author: Georgian Country Houses in Ireland, 1959.


Member Society Colonial Wars, Society Automotive Engineers, National Aero. Association, Council Foreign Relations (director), Federation French Alliances in the United States (president 1959-1960), Naval Order United States Huguenot Society, France-American Society (director), American-Italy Society (director), Pilgrims of the United States. Member Royal Aero. Society (London).

Clubs: Union, River, St. Nicholas, Wings (New York City).


Married Dora Browning Donner, February 12, 1940.

George Elmore Ide

Dora Browning Donner