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James Fredrick Kelly

manufacturing executive

James Fredrick Kelly, American manufacturing executive.


Kelly, James Fredrick was born on December 18, 1922 in Phoebus, Virginia, United States. Son of James Floyd and Ray Palmer (Newsom) Kelly.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1943. Postgraduate, University North Carolina, 1956.


Naval architect United States Navy, Charleston, South Carolina, 1943-1946. Sales to vice president Aeroglide Corporation, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1946-1956, chairman, chief executive officer, from 1988. President Aeroglide Americas Corporation, from 1956.

Chairman American Machinery Corporation, board directors Wachovia Bank & Trust Company.


People need to grow in relationship with God, whose love constantly prompts to transform people.


People are called to love God not only with their hearts, but also with their minds. All things should be considered through the light of reason. In order to do that, it is necessary to become aware of different points of view and be able to develop critical thinking in relation to any political or social problem.


Past chairman North Carolina State University Development Council. President North Carolina Council on National Purposes. Member American Society Agricultural Engineers (past chairman North Carolina section), National Association Manufacturers (chairman policy committee.

Board directors), National Society Professional Engineers, North Carolina Society Professional Engineers, North Carolina Engineers Society (Outstanding Engineering Achievement 1980), Gamma Sigma Delta (Award of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture), Phi Kappa Phi. Clubs: Raleigh Sales and Marketing Executives Club. Lodges: Masons, Lions.


Married Helen Francis Golson, November 6, 1949. Children: James F. Junior, David Palmer, Mark Charles.


God, who is heard throughout the Bible, calls for justice for the widows, orphans and aliens who were oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore the involvement in political life is something that Christians should not avoid.