Immediate Past Chairman
A 1954 graduate of Tuskegee Institute AL and the recipient of an Air Force Commission as a Second Lieutenant, Lowell entered Active Duty Pilot Training at Marana AB Arizona in 1955. There he completed Primary pilot training and was transferred to and received his wings with Class 56-O at Laughlin AFB Texas in 1956. Over his 24 Years of active duty, he flew a variety of Trainer and Fighter aircraft including a 100 mission tour flying the F -105 Thunderchief in Vietnam. He earned over 14 medals and badges including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguish Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, and a number of Air Medals. He had many active duty command and control positions, primarily in the U S Air Defense Command. His final position was Director of Operational Inspections, NORAD. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he worked for a “Floppy Disc” Manufacturing Co. where he retired as Vice President. He did a number of years of volunteer service for the Local School District, the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the Regional Development Community. He is an old car enthusiast, an avid woodworker, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has held several key positions in the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter, TAI.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alabama and an MBA in Management and Economics from Samford University. He was an Adjunct Professor Aerospace Studies at the Embry-Riddle European Campus from 1986 to 1992. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnam Service Medal 4 devices, the Air Medal 28 devices, the Aerial Achievement Medal and Honorary Wings of the Dominican Republic Air Force. He is a member of the Daedalians, the Air Commando Association, the A-37 Association, the Wild Weasel Association and the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights club.
A resident of Colorado since 1977, Pat has been a member, and supporter, of HLHJ Chapter for over 15 years. She has held the office of Parliamentarian for two terms and is currently serving a third, non-consecutive, term in that position. She is an avid tennis fan, an ardent Seahawks fan and enjoys reading novels for pleasure. Pat is married to Lowell Bell and shares with him a daughter (and son-in-law), son, and six grandchildren.
Jacquelyn is a graduate from Hutto High School of Bainbridge, GA and went on to earn a BS degree in Home Economics, Family and Consumer Science from Tuskegee Institute AL. She spent many years in the classroom as a substitute and classroom teacher. One of her most memorable experiences is her teaching the Formation of Technology at Crooms Academy in Sanford Florida. She continued her career as she moved about the states and abroad with her husband, Lt. Col. Robert. L. Nicholson USAF (DEC.) who was also an early member of the Hubert L.”Hooks” Jones Chapter. She is retired and has two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren. She currently enjoys the frequent meetings with her local Home Economic Group.