Autos: Mr. Sloan

"My generation had an opportunity unique in the history of American industry," wrote Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr. two years ago in his memoirs. Of all men of any generation, few have made more of their opportunities than he did.

As president of General Motors Corp. from 1923 to 1937, as board chairman until 1956 and as G.M.'s still active honorary chairman until the day of his death, at 90, last week, Sloan was a towering figure of U.S. industry. Under him, G.M. grew from a frail follower of Ford into the world's largest...

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