Nebraska Authors

Jerry S. Cloyd

Born Meadow Grove, NE (USA)

Died 2015-06-09
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Jerry Cloyd grew up in Meadow Grove Nebraska, and graduated from Meadow Grove High School in 1942. He attended the University of Nebraska for a semester before being inducted into the Army. He received flight training and served as a pilot in the Army Air Force until 1945. After the war, he entered Harvard University and graduated in the class of 1948. He stayed at Harvard to study anthropology until he married Audrey Boudeau of Minden, Louisiana, whom he had met during the war. He worked for the Shawmut Bank of Boston, then returned to Nebraska and earned his Ph.D in Sociology at the University. He taught in the Sociology Department at the University of Nebraska until his retirement.

He continued to fly for many years, and late in life wrote a memoir published as A Pilot's Progress: Flying Across the American South in World War II, about how he learned to fly and what it meant to him.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Aviation Memoirs; Sociology


A Pilot's Progress: Flying Across the American South in World War II. 2011.

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