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William Allan Patterson

William Allan Patterson, American air transportation executive. Member Newcomen Society; Mason.


  • Patterson, William Allan was born on October 1, 1899 in Honolulu, T.H. Son of William Allan and Mary (Goulter) Patterson.

  • Education

    • Educated public grammar and high schools, San Francisco, California, Military Academy, Honolulu.


    • With Wells Fargo Bank & Trust Company, San Francisco, 1914-1928. Assistant to president Boeing Airplane Company and Boeing Air Transport, Seattle, Washington, 1929-1931. President Boeing Air Transport, Pacific Air Transport, National Air Transport and Varney Air Lines, 1931-1934.

      Vice president United Air Lines, Inc., 1933-1934. President and director United Air Lines, Inc., Chicago, 1934-1963, Chairman of the Board, chief executive officer, 1963-1980. Director Insurance Company of North America, Bell & Howell Company, Air Transport Association of America, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Harris Trust & Savings Bank Chicago Trustee Northwestern University.


    Member Newcomen Society. Mason.; Clubs: Chicago, Executives, Economic, Commonwealth, Tavern, Commercial (Chicago).


    • Married Vera A. Witt, June 20, 1924. Children: Patricia Ann, William Allan.
    • father: William Allan Patterson
    • mother: Mary (Goulter) Patterson
    • spouse: Vera A. Witt
    • children: Patricia Ann Patterson
    • William Allan Patterson
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    Born October 1, 1899
    Died June 13, 1980
    (aged 80)