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Linden S. Blue, Vice Chairman, General Atomics
Board Member, Corporate
Since 1986, Linden Blue has been Vice Chairman of General Atomics in San Diego. At GA he has concentrated his activities on the development of the advanced, second-generation, Modular Helium Reactor (MHR). GA is a diversified international high technology company with world leadership positions in fusion, fission, and training research and isotope nuclear reactors. It has done leading research in unpiloted aerial vehicles for reconnaissance, high temperature superconductors, radiation monitoring, conditioning of high power electricity, thermionic power for space applications, and advanced composite materials.
He is also a co-founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Cordillera Corporation of Denver, a holding company with principal assets in real estate, gas utilities, and oil and gas production. From 1982 to 1984, he was President and CEO of Beech Aircraft Corporation and a Director of Raytheon Company. From 1980 to 1982, he Managing Director and CEO of Lear Fan Limited. From 1977 to 1980, he was with Gates Learjet Corporation, serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager, and earlier as head of Strategic Planning.
He is also Managing Director of Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced composites business jets.
Other activities include: Trustee of Hudson Institute, and board membership of The Burnham Institute, Jobs for Americas Graduates, Jobs for San Diego Graduates, and San Diego Economic Development Corporation. His past activities include Board Member and Past President of the Green Foundation (geophysics and planetary physics); Board Member: National Parks Foundation, Director's Council, Scripps Institute of Oceanography.: Chairman of the Airports and Airways Committee for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; Board of Overseers for the Center for Naval Analysis; Member of the U.S. Ski Team Committee; Councilman-at-Large, City of Denver; Vice Chairman, Denver Planning Board; President, American Council of Young Political Leaders; Board Member - Denver Symphony, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
From 1965 to 1975, he was a principal in real estate investment development, ranching, and construction activities in Colorado. Earlier, he served on active duty with the USAF Strategic Air Command, and was a partner in a 4000-acre cocoa and banana plantation and a 100,000-acre ranch in Nicaragua. He also was correspondent for the Yale Aerial Expedition to South America.
Mr. Blue received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1958, and is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.