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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

UALR mentor is Black Hall of Fame inductee

Raye Jean Jordan Montague, a mentor for inmates through UALR’s community re-entry program, was recently named a 2013 inductee into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.

Montague will also be featured in the October issue of AY magazine.

She is an internationally registered professional engineer with the U.S. Navy credited with creating the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. naval ship. Montague held a civilian equivalent rank of captain and was the Navy’s first female program manager of ships.

Among many other honors, Montague was awarded the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1972, its third-highest honorary award. She was the first female professional engineer to receive the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Achievement Award and the National Computer Graphics Association Award for the Advancement of Computer Graphics.

In addition to mentoring inmates through UALR’s community re-entry program, Montague,78, also mentors students at the eStem Elementary Public Charter School in Little Rock.

Montague and five other individuals will be officially inducted into the 21st annual Arkansas Black Hall of Fame during a ceremony Oct. 19.

She is mother of Dr. David Montague, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.