Brigadier General (Ret) Philip Erdle (1930-2013)
We regret to report the passing of Brigadier General (Ret) Philip Erdle, Chairman Emeritus and one of the original founders of The Academy Research & Development Institute. He devoted much of his life to the mission of the U.S. Air Force Academy, both on active duty and for 35 years following his retirement. General Erdle’s positive impact on the Air Force Academy, and on the lives of thousands of Air Force officers and national leaders, was immeasurable. We are deeply saddened by his sudden departure, but energized by the desire to continue to build on his legacy at ARDI.
Those wishing to honor General Erdle can do so with a contribution to the Endowed Chair that bears his name. Contributions are tax deductible, and can be sent to:The Philip J. Erdle Chair in Engineering Sciences 1490 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite A Colorado Springs, CO 80907
The Academy Research and Development Institute (ARDI) was established in 1984 to support academic excellence at the United States Air Force Academy. ARDI has raised more than $20 million, endowing distinguished visiting professorships and supporting other academic programs benefiting cadets and enriching the Faculty.
ARDI Endowed Chairs
The endowed chair is a special symbol of excellence in education. For decades, endowed chairs have enhanced the faculty at many of America’s outstanding academic institutions. The Air Force Academy joins them by means of the ARDI endowment program, helping the Academy remain in the top tier of educational excellence.
You can help establish a truly enduring gift which reflects in perpetuity the generous vision of its founder and the power of knowledge. Please contact ARDI to find out how you can support the development of endowments.
New Endowment: The General Benjamin O. Davis Endowed Chair
ARDI is pleased to announce that this Chair is being developed in honor of General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. (1912 – 2002) Davis was the first African-American general in the United States Air Force and advanced to four-star general on December 9, 1998.
Please contact ARDI to find out how you can support the development of these endowments.