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Charles Bates Thornton

Charles Bates Thornton, industrialist.


  • Thornton, Charles Bates was born on July 22, 1913 in Knox County, Texas, United States. Son of Washington and Sara Alice (Bates) Thornton.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Commercial Science, Columbus U., 1937. Doctor of Laws, Texas Tech U., 1957, University of Southern California, Pepperdine U., 1971. Doctor of Commercial Science, George Washington University, 1964.


    • Director planning Ford Motor Company, 1946-1948. Vice president, assistant general manager Hughes Aircraft Company, Culver City, California, vice president Hughes Tool Company, 1948-1953. President Litton Industries, Inc., 1953-1961, Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, 1953-1981.

      Director, member Executive Committee Cyprus Mines Corporation. Director Trans World Airlines, Inc., United California Bank, Western bank corporation, Master of Computer Applications, Inc.


    Member Business Council. Member Emergency Committee for American Trade. Member international business advisory committee Secretary Commerce, 1971-1973.

    Member Stanford Business School Advisory Council. Member headmasters council Harvard School. Served to colonel United States Army Air Force, World World War II.

    Member California Institute Assocs., University of Southern California Assocs., Music Center Opera Association (director), Executive Committee 1966-1968), Beta Gamma Sigma (honorary), Sigma Alpha Epsilon (life). Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington).


    • Married Flora Laney, April. Children: Charles Bates, William Laney.
    • father: Washington Thornton
    • mother: Sara Alice (Bates) Thornton
    • spouse: Flora Laney
    • children: Charles Bates Thornton
    • William Laney Thornton
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    Born July 22, 1913
    Died November 24, 1981
    (aged 68)