After 40 years of dedicating himself to the airlines, my father (Clipper002) retired today. His career has spanned 5 decades filled with ups and downs that have seemingly followed the twists and turns of the industry. He started his career with Pan American as an agent in JFK
. He worked his way through the ranks, eventually becoming a Duty Director over all of Pan Am's operations at JFK
. During that time, he met his wife and my mother, who was a Pan Am agent at the time. In 1986, he was promoted and moved to MIA
where he became Director of Operations. It was here that some of my best memories were made. I was fortunate enough to get to go to work with him and sit in the E-Tower and watch the 747's come and go. It was fairly obvious I would follow in his footsteps. In 1991, Pan Am closed up and shop and our family had to make some tough decisions. After a lot of searching, my father was offered a position with Atlantic Coast Airlines in Sterling, VA. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by World Airways, where he has spent the last 11 years. His last position was Director of Scheduling. Along his journey, he has made many friends and many lasting memories. I like to think that two of his greatest acheivements are his two sons. My brother is a 747-400 captain for Polar Air Cargo and I am a Passenger Movement Coordinator in the AirTran SOC. Our father instilled in us a passion for aviation that can not be explained, and is known by few. He truly is an airline man. He doesn't like parties, cakes, cards, anything like that. Its not his style. I hope he knows how much he will be missed by this industry which could use a few more people like him. I am very proud to follow in his path and can only hope to achieve half of what he has.