The Warren E. Eaton Memorial Trophy


Awarded each year to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the art, sport, or science of soaring flight in the United States as determined by the SSA Awards Committee with the approval of the SSA Board of Directors.   It is considered SSA's highest award.

The trophy is a tall, vase-type silver cup, depicting in bas-relief soaring planes and clouds.   It was presented to SSA in 1939 by Mrs. Genevieve Eaton in memory of her husband, Warren E. Eaton, founder and first president of SSA, who died of a glider accident at Miami, Florida, on December 1, 1934.

While usually awarded to a person who has made his or her contribution during the previous calendar year, this is not mandatory and in certain instances the Directors have gone back in years to pick some outstanding person never before suitably recognized.

The trophy is perpetual, held by each recipient until the next time it is awarded.   The recipient is presented with a certificate attesting to the award and receives a stipend of approximately $325.00 derived from the income of a $5,000 endowment fund for the trophy.   The presentation of the trophy, certificate and stipend is made at the SSA Awards Banquet held during the annual national convention.

Shortly after October of each year, the chairman of the SSA Awards Committee sends to all Directors a request for nominations for the award for the current calendar year.   From the list thus acquired, a ballot is prepared of not more than four (4) candidates (selected on best qualified basis) and submitted by mail to each Director for voting The balloting should be completed by January 1st so that the chairman of the Awards Committee may notify the recipient in confidence in order that he or she may have the opportunity of being present to receive the award in person.

( photo courtesy of Tom Knauff )

Recipients of the Warren E. Eaton Memorial Trophy have been as follows:

2019 - No award
2018 - John Godfrey
2017 - Frank Whitely
2016 - No award
2015 - Eric Mozer (second award)
2014 - Steve Northcraft
2013 - Phillip H. Umphres
2012 - Ken Sorenson
2011 - Jim and Simine Short
2010 - Burt Compton
2009 - C. Dianne Black-Nixon
2008 - Bob Wander
2007 - R.D. Carswell
2006 - Doug Easton
2005 - No Award
2004 - No Award
2003 - John & Linda Murray and Jim & Jackie Payne
2002 - Mike Culver
2001 - Jayne & Frank Reid
2000 - Doris Grove & Tom Knauff
1999 - No Award
1998 - Al Santilli
1997 - Bernald Smith (second award)
1996 - Bertha Ryan
1995 - Richard N. Hall, Jr.
1994 - Charlie Spratt
1993 - E. Gene Hammond
1992 - Bill Sproull
1991 - John & Judy Lincoln
1990 - Shirley Sliwa
1989 - Rudolf W. Mozer & Eric H. Mozer
1988 - Paul A. Schweizer (second award)
1987 - James C. "Red" Wright
1986 - Lawrence Wood
1985 - Hal M. Lattimore
1984 - Carl D. Herold
1983 - Jack Gomez
1982 - Gus Scheurer
1981 - Brian G. Utley
1980 - Douglas & Lianna Lamont
1979 - William B. Cleary
1978 - Ted Sharp
1977 - Bernald Smith
1976 - John Williams
1975 - Joseph C. Lincoln
1974 - Sterling Starr
1973 - Thomas Page
1972 - Helen R. Dick
1971 - Florence & Walter Hausler
1970 - Lloyd & Rose Marie Licher
1969 - H. Marshall Claybourn
1968 - Leslie Arnold
1967 - Richard H. Johnson
1966 - Irving O. Prue
1965 - John D. Ryan
1964 - Paul F. Bikle
1963 - Dr. Wolfgang B. Klemperer
1962 - Richard E. Schreder
1961 - Harner Selvidge
1960 - Ralph S. Barnaby
1959 - E.J. Reeves
1958 - No Award
1957 - Anne & William G. Briegleb
1956 - R.E. Franklin
1955 - Earl R. Southee
1954 - Ted Nelson
1953 - Ernest & Paul Schweizer
1952 - Jon D. Carsey
1951 - William S. Ivans
1950 - Paul B. MacCready, Jr.
1949 - Harland Ross & Robert F. Symons
1948 - Fritz B. Compton
1947 - Paul Tuntland
1946 - Bernard L. Wiggin
1945 - Ben Shupack (Awarded in 1956)
1942 - 1944 No Awards
1941 - Floyd J. Sweet
1940 - Robert M. Stanley
1939 - Richard C. duPont

Original listing courtesy of Jim Payne ]


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