R. Jon Armstrong, 60
business executive, entrepreneur, engineer and naval aviator died suddenly Friday, March 25, 2005 of a brain aneurism.

Jon was co-owner and co-chairman of Hannon Armstrong & Company, an Annapolis-based investment banking firm for the last 22 years. Jon’s entrepreneurial endeavors also include the development of numerous successful enterprises and business ventures including: Pathlore Software Corporation, the telecommunications company General Offshore Corporation, Corporate Incentive Travel and others. Additionally, Jon served on the board of directors of several companies during his business career.

Jon was born on October 28, 1944 in Rensselaer, Indiana. He spent is formative years in Baytown, Texas, where is father was a Professor at Lee College and graduated from Robert E. Lee high school in 1962. After graduation, he entered the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the U. S. Navy ROTC program, and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Jon graduated with a BS in electrical engineering in1966 and later earned an MBA from San Diego State University in 1977.

Immediately following graduation from the University of Texas, Jon joined the U.S. Navy, and was accepted into flight training at Pensacola, Florida where he earned his wings in 1967. Jon then served as a flight instructor in the US Navy and was awarded “Flight Instructor of the Year” in 1968. During his 27 years in the Navy he served as a carrier-based pilot aboard the USS America during the Vietnam War, flying the F-4 Phantom. After five years of active duty, Jon continued his service in the Navy Reserves, commanding a unit at the Pentagon for several years. He retired from the Navy Reserves in 1996 as a Captain.

Jon was a world traveler, wine enthusiast, a technologist, a brilliant engineer and voracious reader of history. Jon and his wife, Kathy volunteered for the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington assisting with the rescue and fostering of hundreds of homeless cats and kittens in the Washington metropolitan area. Jon and Kathy lived in McLean, VA. Most importantly, Jon was a devoted husband, loving father and new grandfather. Jon is survived by: his wife, Kathy Burley Armstrong, his two daughters Ashleigh Armstrong Chapman and Lindsay Chandler Armstrong, his mother Mary Katherine Armstrong, his sister, Elizabeth Ann Barth and his granddaughter Rowan Meredith Chapman. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.