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William Allan Patterson

air transportation executive.

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.


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.

William Allan Patterson

Mary (Goulter) Patterson

Vera A. Witt

Patricia Ann Patterson

William Allan Patterson