John B. Hayhurst, BSAE'69; DEA'89; HDR'98; OAE'99

Event Date: August 6, 2010
John & Linda Hayhurst are philanthropists of the highest order and have a 31 year history of giving unrestricted funds to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

John & Linda HayhurstJohn & Linda Hayhurst are philanthropists of the highest order and have a 31 year history of giving unrestricted funds to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

In 2009, they learned about the Presidential and Trustees Scholarship Endowment Challenge Match and decided that this program would be helpful in focusing their giving while leveraging the value of their gifts.

They established the John & Linda Hayhurst Scholarship in Aeronautics and Astronautics in fall 2009 in support of the University's Trustees & Presidential Scholarships and their hope is that with time, the endowment will provide financial assistance to promising undergraduate engineering students who can be employed in the US aerospace industry.

Hayhurst joined Boeing in 1969 as a customer support engineer and held positions of increasing responsibilities related to commercial airplanes until his final position as president of Air Traffic Management and a member of the Boeing Executive Council and senior vice president of Boeing. He retired in April 2004 after an illustrious 33-year career which can only be described as exceptional and marked with so many distinguished accomplishments.

When Hayhurst first came to Purdue, he originally wanted to major in chemical engineering. The Space Race, however, was well and truly underway and he saw the aerospace industry as having great growth potential and thought the space program would be a fun and challenging place to work. Like many long-time Boeing people, he saw the spirit of adventure with airplanes and switched majors to aeronautical engineering and earned his degree from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1969.

Hayhurst was awarded the Distinguished Engineer Alumni Award in 1989 and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering in 1998 by the College of Engineering and the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Award from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The Hayhurst’s philanthropy extends to other areas and he is a trustee and former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Blood Center and is a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies.

A native of West Virginia, in addition to the bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, he received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 1971. They live in the Seattle area and have two adult children Anne and Thomas. Purdue is extremely privileged and proud to have Dr. Hayhurst as an alumnus.