Engineer who changed the way the Navy designed ships and fought discrimination dies at 83 – U.S. – Stripes

| October 18, 2018

Raye Montague, a trailblazing black woman from Arkansas who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, has died. She was 83.

Montague, who had a 33-year career in the Navy, developed a computer program that created rough drafts of ship specifications. She told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2012 that the program allowed the Navy to cut the time it took to build a ship’s draft design from two years to 18 hours and 26 minutes.

The newspaper reports she died Wednesday at a hospital in Little Rock. Her son, David Montague, says his mother died of congestive heart failure.

Raye Montague, a civilian engineer, fought discrimination during her career. When a co-worker wouldn’t show her how to operate a computer, she taught herself.

A remarkable story of success against the odds.  I hope you get the time to follow the link.

Source: Engineer who changed the way the Navy designed ships and fought discrimination dies at 83 – U.S. – Stripes

Category: Diversity, Historical

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  1. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    Thank you for dedication and service.


  2. Pete says:

    RIP, Ma’am. You have earned your peace.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Fair winds and following seas, Ma’am.

  4. Wilted Willy says:

    May God bless you and your family during this very sad time. May you rest in peace, you have certainly earned!

  5. Old Tanker says:

    The Navy and the country owes you far more than they have acknowledged you for to date. May your rest be peaceful. Thank you for helping keep our country free.

  6. Sparks says:

    Thank you for your life of service.

  7. 5th/77th FA says:

    Another example of listening to the Woman who knows what going on instead of the man in charge. Or, classically, Ginger Rogers did every thing Fred Astaire did, only she was going backwards, wearing high heels. God Speed and Fare Well Ms Raye Montague, Thank You for your Service to our Country, and Peace be unto your Family.

  8. Haywire Angel says:

    RIP Ma’am and thank you for your contributions to our nation! You are a great example of perseverance.

  9. NHSparky says:

    God bless and thank you for never giving up.

  10. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace.


    RIP Brave Ma’am

  12. Old NFO says:

    Fair Winds and Following Seas, lady!