Mona Sue McPherson
Inducted: November 3, 2018
Sue McPherson graduated from Lipscomb University in 1968 and began her career as a public school teacher. She earned her Masters degree from Tennessee State University in 1978. From 1972 until her retirement she taught in Sumner County at Hawkins Junior and Hendersonville High School. She taught biology, chemistry, physical science, physics and aerospace. At HHS she chaired the Science Department. Mrs. McPherson was honored as The Sumner County Teacher on the Year in 1989.
She has had a life-long passion for Aviation and Aerospace. She is a certificate Private Pilot and has introduced countless numbers of her students to the field of Aviation. She served on the Sumner County Airport Authority and was Secretary from 1997-2005; was the Sumner County Composite Squadron Aerospace Education Officer; served as Director of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory Space Exploration Science Camp from 2004-2010. Sue was the coordinator of Aerospace Days at Sumner County Regional Airport in 1998, First Flight in 2001 and the Centennial of Flight Celebration in 2003 and is a Board Member and Aerospace Camp Director for the Bill Sattler Aerospace Education Foundation. She is a member of The Music City Chapter of Women in Aviation and recently went sky-diving, exiting the aircraft at 14,000 feet.
Some of her numerous awards include: The Christa McAuliffe Fellowship 1989, Space Foundation Educator Award 2003, Tennessee Academy of Science Award 2000 and Presidential Science Award Finalist in 1989 and numerous science grants.
Sue McPherson is a person of exceptional energy and endless curiosity. She has researched and studies rocketry, living in space, meteorology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, building satellites, the stars and planets and the Hubble Telescope. She participated in two summer Aerospace studies in Russia in 1991-1992 through People to People. In 1991 at her request, a Tennessee flag was taken to the Russian Space Station Mir.
As an avid, faith volunteer, Sue has participated in Mission work in El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Panama and Romania. In 1999 she worked on a Biblical Archaeological Dig in Israel.
For extraordinary service and achievement in Aviation for Tennessee, our nation and the world, Mona Sue McPherson is induced into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame this 3rd day of November 2018.