Jacqueline Lena Tardif (Age 29)
Jackie Tardif was an aerospace engineer who designed and constructed space satellites. She spent her free time volunteering to help children with special needs to find confidence through horseback and teaching children in STEM outreach programs. She died January 21 after weeks of hospitalization from complications of Covid-19. Born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Jackie attended Gaithersburg High School where she excelled in academics and was a captain of both the Cross Country and Varsity Girls Basketball teams and a discus and shot-put thrower on the Track and Field team. Jackie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. There she was the lead of the Mars Rover student engineering team. After graduation she has worked at Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California as a lead mechanical engineer to design and build small satellites, CubeSats. Two of her satellites were sent into space from the International Space Station. She is survived by her parents, Paul and Christine Tardif of Laytonsville, Maryland; her sister, Danielle Tardif of Rockville, Maryland; her aunts, uncles, other family members, her much loved cousins. Her faithful dog, Rudy will miss her. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. (EST) online through Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. https://www.goserve.net/jackietardif
In lieu of flowers or gifts: *Ride to Flyhttps://secure.givelively.org/donate/ride-to-fly/in-loving-memory-of-jackie-tardif
or text the word "Jackie" to 44321 *National Math and Science Initiativehttps://www.nms.org/Donation-Form.aspx
Published by The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2021.