John F. and Marie R. Eash

John F. and Marie R. Eash

Throughout his distinguished career in the aerospace defense industry, John F. Eash, AE’79, MS EMgt’90, PD AE’13, has been a leader in the development, testing and manufacture of military aircraft for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing.

He has also given back as a loyal alumnus for more than 30 years, serving as a member of the University Board of Trustees, as president of the Miner Alumni Association, as a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers, and as one of the university’s greatest corporate advocates and industry ambassadors as Boeing’s Executive Focal for Missouri S&T.

John began his career at McDonnell Douglas as a co-op student while earning his bachelor’s degree at Missouri S&T, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He joined McDonnell Douglas full time in 1980 as a flight test engineer, working on the F/A-18 and F-15 aircraft. He went on to hold many leadership positions in the production operations division, where he was responsible for the engineering support of manufacturing.
During the company transition from McDonnell Douglas to Boeing, John led a number of aircraft development programs and served in senior management for Boeing’s Military Aircraft and Missiles Division and Integrated Defense Systems. Today he serves as Director of Production Operations for the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter.

In addition to his degrees from Missouri S&T, John holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Defense Systems Management College in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He is also a past president of the Boeing St. Louis Leadership Association and a recipient of the Boeing President’s Award for his achievements in developing Self-Repairing Flight Control Systems and improving manufacturing processes.

Marie Eash graduated from Maryville University in 1977 with an associate’s degree in nursing and went on to work in health care, as well as in the legal, real estate and investment industries as an administrative assistant. She presently works in administration for American National University.

As members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, John and Marie are generous contributors to many university initiatives, including Hasselmann Alumni House, the Alumni Annual Fund, Aerospace Engineering Development Fund, Engineering Management Development Fund and Solar Car Team. They live in Weldon Spring, Missouri, and have two adult children, Tim and Christy. Scholarship Endowment Agreement 2 September 13, 2013

Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the John F. and Marie R. Eash Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering, talented students for generations to come will have the opportunity to pursue their promise as aerospace engineers, Miners and the leaders of tomorrow.