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Treasures @ UT Dallas

Special Collections Department

Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Second Saturday of the month:
9 AM - 1 PM or by appointment

For More Information contact us at:
Phone: 972-883-2570
Email: [email protected]
Eugene McDermott Library,
Special Collections
800 West Campbell Road,
Richardson, TX 75083-0643

The George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series

George Washington Jalonick III was a descendent from a prominent and very successful business family and longtime Dallas resident. Beginning in the 1940s, he partially owned the Southwest Airmotive Company located at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. The firm dealt with refurbishing aircraft, selling aviation supplies, and maintenance of airplane engines. Jalonick III served as their chairman of the board until his retirement in 1973.

In addition to that, Jalonick III performed his duties as president of the Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association of Texas and was, at one time, a chairman of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Aviation Committee.

He was part of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation Inc. that took an important part in the foundation of the History of Aviation Collection at the Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

George W. Jalonick III married Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick, a Dallas native as well. Her great-grandparents, Alexander Cockrell and Sarah Horton Cockrell, were crucial in developing the city of Dallas. Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick was a well-known member of the Dallas Country Club as well of the Junior League of Dallas and the Highland Park Methodist Church. The couple had three children, George Jalonick IV, Aurelia Rice and Sally Hundall.

In 1992 George W. Jalonick IV and his wife, Mary McDonough Jalonick, established the George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of George’s parents whose names the lecture bears.

His love for his parents and of aviation led him to establish the lecture series at UT-Dallas in his parent’s name. The purpose of this lecture series is to enlighten and inform the community about aviation history by bringing in notable aviation historians and personalities.

The lecture is usually held in the Eugene McDermott Library Auditorium located on The University of Texas At Dallas campus. However, if a large audience is expected, it can be moved to a larger auditorium.

The lecture is held during the summer months between June and August and the date is set based upon availability of the speaker and the Jalonick family.

Past Jalonick Lectures

June 2, 2016 Author to Discuss Famed Vietnam War Rescue at Jalonick Lecture - On April 2, 1972, Air Force Lt. Col. Iceal “Gene” Hambleton’s electronic warfare plane was shot down, forcing him to parachute into the middle of a North Vietnamese invasion force. This incident prompted the largest rescue effort of the Vietnam War, a dangerous and costly operation involving U.S. airmen, soldiers, sailors and Navy SEALs.
July 11, 2015 Aviation Rivalry between Dallas and Fort Worth - For years, Dallas and Fort Worth were fierce competitors in just about every arena including business, architecture, and entertainment. Aviation was no exception. As commercial flight grew in prominence in the 1950s, both cities worked to lure businesses within the aviation industry to their respective cities by building bigger and better airports.
July 12, 2014 How the Navy Learned to Fly in World War I - Award winning writer and author Marc Wortman delivered the powerful story of a group of privileged students from Yale who had it all: wealth, power and respect. They sacrificed everything to fight on the front lines of World War I. The haunting history of this elite group of undergrads as well as the legacy they left behind is also the subject of Wortman’s book, The Millionaire’s Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power.
July 13, 2013 The Blue Angels 1986-1987: A Season of Transition. Retired four-star Admiral Patrick M. Walsh of Dallas will present the 2013 George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Distinguished Memorial Lecture. Admiral Walsh retired in 2012 after a distinguished career that included consecutive assignments as one of the highest ranking officers in the U.S. Navy. He served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations and was Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the largest fleet in the world.
July 14, 2012 U.S. Spy Plane SR-17 Blackbird The annual 2012 Jalonick Lecture took place on July 14th and featured Col. Richard Graham, USAF (Ret).  He spoke about his experiences flying and operating the Lockheed SR-71 Reconnaissance Aircraft.
June 25, 2011 My Enemy, My Friend The annual 2011 Jalonick Lecture took place on June 25th. It brought together three airmen who will forever be connected by events in the Vietnam War. Dan Cherry and John Stiles of the U.S. Air Force discussed with North Vietnamese combat pilot Nguyen Hong My how they battled 39 years ago and how they came together in the past few years.
June 19, 2010 The annual 2010 Jalonick Lecture took place on June 19th. Our speaker was Lynn Spencer, famous for her book Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama that Unfolded in the Skies over America on 9/11.
July 18, 2009 The annual 2009 Jalonick Lecture took place on July 18th. Our speaker was Colonel Walter Boyne, USAF (Ret.). You can find more information in the Spring 2009 Air-Log newsletter.
June 21, 2008 "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble - Implications of the Modern World Especially the Mid-East) for Aviation." by Major General Donald W. Shepperd.
June 16, 2007 "The Teamwork Revolution: The Amazing Role of Aviation in Changing the Modern World" by John J. Nance, JD.
July 8, 2006 "Herald of Victory: Battlefield Air Attack in the Second World War" by Richard P. Hallion, Ph.D.
Aug. 13, 2005 "Last Flights: Air America and the Collapse of South Vietnam" by William M. Leary, Ph.D.
July 10, 2004 "General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle: His Life Story" by Col. C.V. Glines (USAF, Ret.)
June 28, 2003 "Blaming Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Wright Patent Suits and the Growth of American Aviation" by Tom D. Crouch, Ph.D.
July 27, 2002 "A Hero in His Prime: Edward V. Rickenbacker and Eastern Airlines, 1934 - 1941" by W. David Lewis, Ph.D.
Sept. 18, 1999 "The Berlin Airlift: The Largest Humanitarian Airlift in History" by John Provan.
Dec. 6, 1997 "The Great War in the Air: Memory, Myth, and Reality" by John H. Morrow, Jr., Ph.D.
Feb. 1, 1992 "Perilous Missions: Air America Myth and Reality" by William M. Leary, Ph.D.