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Remembering Raye Jean Montague, RPE

Raye Jean MontagueRetired internationally-registered professional engineer and AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) alumna Raye Jean Montague died on Tuesday. She was 83.

After graduation from AM&N College, Montague began a career in Washington, D.C., with the United States Navy in 1956 and retired in 1990 after serving in numerous leadership roles during her tenure of 33 and a half years. Montague is credited with the rough draft of the first U.S. Naval ship design using a computer (FFG-7 Class: 1971) which revolutionized naval ship design. For this achievement, she was awarded the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1972, the Navy’s third-highest civilian award.

UAPB Magazine staff had the pleasure of interviewing her for a cover story in 2014. A digital version is available below.