The John Paul Riddle Society

Cincinnati businessman T. Higbee Embry owned a plane but didn't know how to fly it. John Paul Riddle helped him earn his wings.

Riddle, born in 1901 in Pikeville, Kentucky, wanted to fly from an early age. He got an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis but was disappointed to learn the institution only wanted to train balloonists. Riddle became a cadet in the U.S. Army Air Service in 1921, and later, a barnstormer.

He met Embry and formed a fast, strong friendship. In 1925, the men signed a contract to open an aircraft distributorship in their names. The company founded a flight school that foreshadowed the development of today's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

In honor of his pioneering efforts, we have established the John Paul Riddle Gift Society. It recognizes donors whose personal lifetime contributions to the university total at least $500,000 in cash, securities, real estate, bequests, or trusts.

Members of the society keep our programs current and our facilities equipped with the latest technology, so we can keep our students equipped with the latest knowledge.

We invite you to join the John Paul Riddle Society and help our students earn their wings as leaders in the aeronautic fields.

John Paul Riddle

John Paul Riddle portrait

The Riddle Society recognizes donors whose personal lifetime contributions to the university total at least $500,000.

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A Vision for Future Entrepreneurs

Frederick “Rick” Brown’s (’67, Flight Training, ’72, DB) love of aviation, entrepreneurship and Embry-Riddle has prompted him to make a major planned gift to the university to support the Daytona Beach College of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and establish the Rick and Jan Brown Endowed Scholarship.

For Brown, creating an endowed scholarship and supporting the growth of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Embry-Riddle is a chance to further the work of his mentor, Jack Hunt, to improve the university and the field of aviation.

“Jack Hunt was a visionary and an entrepreneur. He was a really strong mentor for me,” says Brown, “It’s important that people have an entrepreneurial spirit in aviation. Jan and I want to encourage people to think outside the box and create things that could help people in aviation.”