Michele Evans, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Official, Dies at 55

Michele Evans, a top executive atLockheed Martin Corp. who worked with major weapons systems, died on Jan. 1, the aerospace company announced. She was 55.

The family hasn’t released a cause of death, Joseph LaMarca Jr., a company spokesman, told Bloomberg News. The cause wasn’t related to the coronavirus, he said.

Evans, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, led a significant number of programs in support of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy, the company said in astatement. Evans had more than 34 years of experience in the defense and aerospace industry, the company said.

She was responsible at various times for multiple platform programs including the A-10 weapons system as well as avionics programs on the C-130 and F-35.

“Michele led some of the most important programs that ensure the security of our nation and its allies and help make our world a safer place,” Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer James Taiclet said in the statement.

Evans graduated magna cum laude from Clarkson University in New York with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, and later became a member of Clarkson’s Coulter School of Engineering Advisory Board. She served on the boards of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum andGirls Inc., a non-profit group dedicated to empowering girls and young women.

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