Born: France
Primarily active in: France

Jean-Luc Lagardere, 75, the founder and former chairman of the European aerospace giant EADS, died in Paris on March 14, 2003.  One of the leading industrialists of his generation, he launched his career as an aeronautical engineer for Avions Marcel Dassault in 1952.  In subsequent years, he took on the challenge of privatizing the French aerospace and defense industry.  His great achievement was in merging Matra High Technologies with Aérospatiale, privatizing in 1998 and forming EADS in July 2000.

AHS Update: Vertiflite Summer 2003