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1Introduced by Council Member Schellenberg and Co-Sponsored by

2Council Members Carter, Becton and Morgan:


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4 RESOLUTION 2017-642
5 A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING AND HONORING YVETTE
6 ELAINE BROWN RIDLEY FOR HER PIONEERING CAREER
7 WITH THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE
8 ADMINISTRATION AND MANY OTHER LIFELONG
9 ACHIEVEMENTS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
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11 WHEREAS, Yvette Elaine Brown Ridley has had a pioneering
12career in the country’s early space program and in higher
13education; throughout the years, she was relentlessly involved in
14and committed to a multitude of endeavors that sought to improve
15the human condition and advance the cause and potential of
16humanity; and
17 WHEREAS, a native of Virginia, Mrs. Ridley was married to
18Isaac Ridley for 55 years and raised three children; she received a
19Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Union University in 1941;
20she continued her education at Howard University where she studied
21the Chemistry of Powder and Explosives; she furthered her education
22by attending Hampton Institute where she received a Certificate of
23Engineering Fundamentals; and
24 WHEREAS, as one of the top 5 graduates of the Engineering
25Science Management War Training Program at Hampton Institute, now
26known as Hampton University, in 1943, Mrs. Ridley was awarded a
27position at Langley Air Force Base where she was employed by the
28National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor
29to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); her
30work entailed computing calculations and developing dimensions of
31blueprints for new airplanes that were being tested in Langley’s

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1wind tunnels; Mrs. Ridley ultimately worked with engineers on the
2X15 project in l955 that culminated with the development of the
3F15 jet; and
4 WHEREAS, after leaving NASA in 1957, Mrs. Ridley decided to
5change careers; motivated by the plight of a family friend that had
6mental health issues and from her experience as a volunteer at a
7hospital for individuals that were mentally challenged, Mrs. Ridley
8attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a
9graduate degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and a subsequent
10Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology; her teaching career was
11launched at John Tyler Community College; and
12 WHEREAS, a firm believer in community and civic activism,
13Mrs. Ridley has given her time, energies and leadership to numerous
14endeavors for over sixty years; she has been a devoted member of
15Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, has been Chair of the Board of
16Directors of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life
17and History, a volunteer at Mary Singleton Senior Center, often at
18the Information Desk in the atrium of Jacksonville City Hall and at
19Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. A breast cancer survivor, Mrs.
20Ridley Chaired an American Cancer Society’s cancer survivor
21committee, has been a Life Member of the NAACP, a Girl Scout troop
22leader, active in the American Red Cross and numerous other
23volunteer undertakings; and
24 WHEREAS, at a time in our history when opportunities for
25women were exceedingly limited, Yvette Elaine Brown Ridley’s
26extraordinary career placed her in the vanguard of women leaders
27whose many contributions to society and our country were
28significant and long lasting and it is appropriate to recognize and
29honor her at this time; now therefore
30 BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Jacksonville:
31 Section 1. The City Council does hereby recognize and
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1honor Yvette Elaine Brown Ridley on her extraordinary career and
2numerous, significant lifelong achievements and extends its best
3wishes for continued successes and Godspeed in the years ahead.
4 Section 2. Effective Date. This Resolution
5shall become effective upon signature by the Mayor or upon becoming
6effective without the Mayor's signature.
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8Form Approved:
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10 /s/ Margaret M. Sidman
11Office of General Counsel
12Legislation Prepared By: John J. Jackson, Council Research Division
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