Guggenheim Medal, Amelia Earhart Medal, Von Baumhauer Medal of the Royal Dutch Aeronautical Society, Airline Medical Directors Award, Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Triodyne Safety Award, and K.E. Tsiolkovsky Medal from the Soviet Federation of Cosmonauts. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Embry-Riddle University and was an honorary member of numerous organizations and societies, including the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Traffic Controllers Association.
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators established the Jerome F. Lederer Award for outstanding contributions to technical excellence in aircraft accident investigation in his honor. Air Safety Magazine named him the “aviation man of the century,” and he was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and the Safety and Health Hall of Fame. The Guggenheim Medal Citation sums up his contributions: “For his lifelong dedication to the cause of flight safety and his constant and untiring efforts to reduce the hazards of aviation.” In his “spare time,” Jerry was an avid canoeist, purportedly logging some 30,000 miles on canoeing trips in the northeast.
He is survived by Sarah, his wife of 68 years, of Santa Rosa, California; two daughters, Nancy Cain of Oklahoma City and Susan Lederer of Santa Rosa; and two grandchildren. Jerry Lederer often acknowledged the vital contributions of his wife to the success of the Flight Safety Foundation, which honored Sarah Lederer with a citation for her role in the initiation and nurturing of the foundation. The citation reads in part: “Sarah has always been at Jerry’s side or with him in spirit, sharing the difficulties and the victories.”