Dedicated to the people and projects of AVRO Canada & Orenda Engines
Eugene Maynard - enlisted in the RCAF in 1942, joined A.V. Roe Canada
after the war as a craftsman, working on the CF-100 fighter and Avro
jet-liner. Taking time off to obtain his B.A.Sc. degree at the University
of Toronto, he returned to A.V. Roe and soon became their Senior Stress
He added lustre to Canada's aerospace industry with his engineering
input towards the production of the supersonic CF-105 Arrow which soared
briefly to world leadership and gave Canadians a burst of pride. Following
the disappointing cancellation of the Arrow, he was seconded by the
Canadian Government to the newly formed U.S. National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA).
At NASA, he soon became Project Engineer for the first flight-test of
the Mercury capsule. After President Kennedy initiated the manned lunar
program, Owen's sketches of the modular 3-man space vehicle became the
basis for the Apollo spacecraft. As NASA's Chief Engineer, he greatly
helped to develop Apollo, firstly in earth orbital flight, then lunar
orbital flight, culminating in Neil Armstrong's first step upon the
In 1970, he left NASA to become a Senior Engineering Manager with the
Raytheon Company and successfully oversaw many aerospace system developments.
He was a member of a consortium who proposed to NASA a visionary project
to develop satellites to collect solar power, which would be transmitted
to Earth via microwave.
He was twice awarded NASA's Exceptional Service Medal. In 1976, he was
the recipient of the U of T Engineering Alumni 2T5 Meritorious Service
Medal for mid-career achievement. In 1996, the University of Toronto
conferred upon him its Doctor of Engineering Degree, honoris causa.
(info from UofToronto)