Airlines: Exit Pioneer Pat

The pioneers among U.S. commercial-airline men are disappearing. Last week in Chicago, another oldtimer bowed out. United Air Lines Chairman William A. ("Pat") Patterson, 66, went through a round of farewell luncheons and dinners, presided over a United stockholders' meeting for the last time, flew off aboard one of his jets to keep a golf date at his winter home in Borrego Springs, Calif. Patterson's retirement after 32 years as United's boss trims the ranks of early birdmen to two: American's Chairman C. R. Smith and Pan Am's Chairman Juan T. Trippe, both also 66.

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