Mr. James E. Webb
Former Administrator, NASA
It is appropriate that The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award be presented to Mr. Stanley C. Draper, Mr. Edward King Gaylord, and Mr. James Edwin Webb--individuals who have demonstrated with their hearts, minds, and souls those qualities of character which exemplify the life of the man in whose name the award is made.
At an early age, Mr. Webb became a pilot and served a tour of duty as a Marine aviator, presaging his later career in the aeronautical industry and as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. His distinguished career in government and in industry includes service as Director of the U. S. Bureau of the Budget 1946-49, first President of the Frontiers of Science Foundation of Oklahoma, Under Secretary of State 1949-52, a member of the Presidents Advisory Committee on Management and the Committee to Study the U.S. Military Assistance Program, Deputy Governor of both the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Monetary Fund, and Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 1961-68.
Year of Award: 1973