John V. “Jack” Sorenson, HM#1, 1924-1998
John V. “Jack” Sorenson is widely considered the “Father of the modern Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program”. Following World War II, as an educator in Weber County, Utah, Sorenson started a model high school aeronautics program that served to motivate many other teachers and schools. He later became the Director of Aerospace Education at Civil Air Patrol national headquarters in the early 1960s, and was responsbile for the “rewrite” of the Cadet Program in late 1963 & early 1964 into the more modern “fifteen achievement” (later sixteen) cadet program we use today.
In 1982, he was the recipient of the Frank G. Brewer Trophy, awarded for “…for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States” by the National Aeronautic Association. His citation for the Brewer Trophy read: “For his ability to combine superior qualities as organizer, administrator, educator and orator, together with his practical wartime experience as a fighter pilot has enabled him to accomplish outstanding improvements in many aeronautical organizations, including the Civil Air Patrol, the National Congress on Aerospace Education and the World Aerospace Education Organization. His devotion to constantly learning more about aeronautics and sharing his knowledge with others, nationally and internationally, has provided outstanding improvements in aerospace education.”
Mr. Sorenson was a supporter of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program until his death in 1998.
Read Steve Austen’s retrospective on Jack’s life here.