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James Howard Kindelberger

James Howard Kindelberger, American aviation executive.


  • Kindelberger, James Howard was born on May 8, 1895 in Wheeling, West Virginia, United States. Son of Charles Fredrick and Rose Ann (Riddle) Kindelberger.

  • Education

    • Student Carnegie Institute Technology, 1916-1917. Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute, Bkkyn., Carnegie Institute Technology, 1956. LL. D., Howard U., 1958.


    • ; children—Ruth Joan, Howard Byron (deceased). Married second, Helen Louise Allen, December 20, 1946 (div. 1960). Apprentice-engineer National Tube Company, Wheeling, 1911.

      Junior draftsman and inspector United States Army Engineer Corps, 1913-1916. Designer and chief draftsman, Glenn L. Martin Company, Cleveland, 1919-1925. Vice-president and chief engineer Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, California, 1925-1934.

      President General Aviation Manufacturing Corporation. Baltimore, 1934; president, director and general manager North American Aviation, Inc., aircraft manufacturers, Los Angeles, 1935-1948, now Chairman of the Board and chief Executive officer. Director Hospital Good Samaritan.

      Member advising committee St. John’s Hospital.


    Member advising committee St. John’s Hospital. Served as Second lieutenant, Air Corps, Army of the United States, World War I. Member development committee Case Institute Technology, since 1952.

    Member Air Force Historical Foundation. Fellow Institute Aero. Sciences (president 1950, honorary fellow since 1953).

    Member Manufacturers Aircraft Association (Vice-President), Aerospace Industries Association American (governor), California Chamber of Commerce (director), Air Force Association, Society Automotive Engineers, American Legion, American Society French Legion Honor, Delta Upsilon.


    • Married Thelma Beatrice Knarr, April.; married second, Helen Louise Allen, December 20, 1946 (divorced 1960). Children: Ruth Joan, Howard Byron (deceased).
    • father: Charles Fredrick Kindelberger
    • mother: Rose Ann (Riddle) Kindelberger
    • spouses: Thelma Beatrice Knarr
    • Helen Louise Allen
    • children: Ruth Joan Kindelberger
    • Howard Byron Kindelberger (deceased)
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    Died July 27, 1962
    (aged 67)