Personalities: Jan. 24, 1964

NEARING 65, salty C.R Smith last week moved up to chairman—and still chief executive—after 23 years as American Airlines' president. Succeeding him as president of the nation's second largest airline: Vice President-General Manager Marion Sadler, 52, a onetime teacher who joined American in 1941 as a ramp attendant. Tennessee-born Sadler, who holds a master's degree in literature from Duke, had worked up to Buffalo sales manager when he was summoned to New York in 1955 on the strength of his sales-manual writing ability. In 1959, he was jumped over senior executives to general manager, told to hold costs while...

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