Lenora Kaye Jadun

March 13, 2015

Lenora Kaye Jadun (BS ’83, MS ’85 Civ Egr) died peacefully March 10 at her home after a long and courageous battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She was 57.

Born April 5, 1957, in Midland to Imogen and Arnold Mack, she attended Midland High School. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1983 and a master’s degree in 1985, both in civil engineering. 

She later obtained her master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. 

She married Sonny Jadun on Dec. 30, 1983, in New York City.

She spent the majority of her career in public service, working in the Public Works Department for the cities of Southfield, Novi, and Lansing. She was the director of Public Works for the City of Novi and later the City of Lansing, becoming the first woman in the state of Michigan to be appointed as a director of Public Works. Her professional ambition led her to open a civil engineering consulting firm, Engineering and Environmental Services Group, Inc.

She was considered a trailblazer for women in civil engineering in Michigan. In a field dominated by men at the time, she was named Young Engineer of the Year in 1987 and Professional Engineer of the Year in Government in 1990 by the MSPE.

As an expression of sympathy contributions may be made to the East Lansing Athletic Boosters Club in honor of the "Tennis Memorial for Lenora Jadun," Attention Membership Chair, P. O. Box 4452, East Lansing, MI 48826.

She is survived by her loving husband, Sonny; sons Cyrus, Adam, and Harris; brothers, Randall (Pamela) Mack, Gale (Nancy) Mack; sister, Jerol (Douglas) Riesch; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.