Thanks to the officers and trustees of the Foundation for their cooperation and support.
Thanks also to these Club members for their assistance with this online history:
Tom Crouch – Senior Curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the National Air and
Space Museum, Aviation Historian
Curt Dalton – Engineers Club Historian and Visual Resources Manager at Dayton History
Jack & Betty Darst – Betty was Media Director for Springfield City Schools and is
a current adjunct professor at Wright State & Wittenberg. Jack, a retired GM engineer,
currently chairs the Dayton GM Heritage Group which preserves artifacts and history.
Ben Graham – Former Club president and head of The Ben Graham Corporation
Ann Honius – Chief, Education & Resources Management, Dayton Aviation Heritage National
Historic Park; Board of Governors, Engineers Club of Dayton
Nancy Horlacher, Local History Specialist, Dayton Metro Library
Rich & Mary Ann Johnson – Mary Ann has written numerous books about local aviation
history. Rich is Professor Emeritus of the Air Force Institute of Technology.
Al Leland – Former President of Bank One Dayton, past board member of the Engineers
Club, and past Trustee of the Foundation.
Bill Ritchie – Second-generation Club enthusiast who has written and presented talks
Leatha Stewart – Trustee, Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation
Staff – Serving for over 25 years, Receptionist/Secretary Brenda McQueen has witnessed
much of the club’s history.
Club Library – Open to members
The Engineers Club retains a fascinating history of itself in newsletters, scrapbooks,
member directories and other records, thanks to the former presence of a club Librarian.
Newsletters from the earliest issues are in the scrapbooks (below). The Dayton Metro
Library contains bound volumes of Engineers Club newsletters from the mid-1940s through
about 1980, as well as related literature. This collection nicely overlaps newsletters
kept in the Club library, which includes a few scattered copies from the 1950s through
the mid-70s, plus near-continuous issues from the mid-1980s to the present. Notable:
the Valley of the Giants series profiled prominent members, running between 1985
through 1999. Company profiles also ran in that period.
Amazingly, most newsletters survive from the dawn of the club up through the present.
Notices of speakers, dinners, picnics and other events reveal a group with style
and panache who had a lot of serious, first-class fun over the years. Perennial hot
topics include engineering, national touring speakers and what’s on the menu. The
history also inadvertently records our changing society, the roles of women and minorities,
Even the ads, graphics and editing styles reveal much about the times, membership
and newsletter creators. And then there’s the eternal parking problem.
Scrapbooks contain newsletters, club correspondence, speaker notices and misc. literature
from club origin through early 1940s. This nearly overlaps newsletters at Dayton
Printed Member Directories covering different decades can be found in the club library
and at the Dayton Metro Library.