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Thread: R.I.P. Raye Montague

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    Dec 2003
    Portland, Oregon

    Default R.I.P. Raye Montague

    Naval Ship Designer --

    During World War II, when Raye Montague was 7 and growing up in Arkansas, her grandfather took her to see a traveling exhibit of a German submarine that had been captured off the coast of South Carolina. She was enchanted.

    “I looked through the periscope and saw all these dials and mechanisms,” she recalled years later. “And I said to the guy, ‘What do you have to know to do this?’ ”

    His response: “Oh, you’d have to be an engineer, but you don’t have to worry about that.”
    The clear implication was that as a black girl she could never become an engineer, let alone have anything to do with such a vessel.

    She would go on to prove him very wrong.

    The girl who faced racism and sexism in the segregated South, where she rode in the back of the bus and was denied entry to a college engineering program because she was black, became an internationally registered professional engineer and shattered the glass ceiling at the Navy when she became the first female program manager of ships. She earned the civilian equivalent of the rank of captain.....
    David G
    Harbor Woodworks

    "It was a Sunday morning and Goddard gave thanks that there were still places where one could worship in temples not made by human hands." -- L. F. Herreshoff (The Compleat Cruiser)

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    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    La Conner, WA

    Default Re: R.I.P. Raye Montague

    Thank you! That is a really great story.

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    Apr 1999
    Hyannis, MA, USA

    Default Re: R.I.P. Raye Montague

    What a cool story. Thank you for putting this up.

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    Apr 2015
    St. Helens, Oregon

    Default Re: R.I.P. Raye Montague

    Great article David. Thanks! By the way, if you haven't read "Hidden Figures" you've missed 90% of the story. The film is a tiny bit.

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