777law From Monaco, joined Jul 2006, 210 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 28300 times:
I've always found it interesting that Boeing - one of the biggest and most important names in US industry - was founded by one man and yet we never hear or read anything about the Boeing family or the descendants of William E Boeing. Would be interesting to know more about the Boeing family, whether there are any direct descendants of William E Boeing still alive (wikipedia references one child but does not mention whether he is alive) and where they are?
Also, are any family involved in the management of Boeing or sit on the board? What about the Museum of Flight in Seattle - did the family have anything to do with that?
Looking forward to learning more.
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SEPilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 7560 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 28046 times:
William Boeing left the company when the conglomerate with Boeing, United Airlines, Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Standard was broken up. He was apparently disgusted by the way it was done, and sold all or most of his stock. He had no further connection with Boeing, but he was invited to significant aircraft rollouts for the rest of his life; but he had no official connection with the company. As far as I know no member of his family has either.
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cygnuschicago From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 27883 times:
Quoting 777law (Thread starter): Also, are any family involved in the management of Boeing or sit on the board? What about the Museum of Flight in Seattle - did the family have anything to do with that?
One Boeing event he attended towards the end of his life was the rollout ceremony for the Dash 80 prototype in May 1954, 2 years before his death just before his 75h birthday. Boeing's wife, Bertha, christened the Dash 80 at the ceremony.
Excerpt from one site listing his immediate family:
Father: Wilhelm Böing (timber magnate, b. 1850, d. 1890 influenza)
Mother: Marie Boeing Owsley
Sister: Gretchen Boeing
Sister: Caroline Boeing
Father: Frederick Owsley (stepfather, physician)
Wife: Bertha Potter Paschall Boeing (b. 1891, d. 1977)
Son: Nathaniel Paschall III (stepson, McDonnell-Douglas executive, b. 1912, d. 1979)
Son: Cranston Paschall (stepson, b. 1916, d. 1994)
Son: William Boeing Jr. (real estate developer, b. 1923)
simpilot459 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 27108 times:
From what I have read and heard, Mr. Boeing was a very private individual, which would be why we don't hear of him or his family much.
He was involved in more than just Airplanes. The first plane (B&W, model 1) was built in a boathouse he bought that was going out of business to one of his yachts. Even after leaving in 1934, he continued with boats, along with other persuits. He did keep ties with Boeing Company helping out a little during the war, and attending the various roll-outs. It was just too much for him to get all the negative publicity during the anti-trust hearings, which is why he left.