Boyd, Alan Stephenson

Boyd, Alan Stephenson,

1922–2020, U.S. government official, first secretary of transportation (1967–69), b. Jacksonville, Fla. After serving in the Army Air Forces in World War II, he graduated from the Univ. of Virginia law school (1948) and practiced law in Miami. Stephenson became general counsel to the Florida Turnpike Authority (1955) and a member (1955–59) and chairman (1957–58) of the Florida Railroad and Public Utilities Commission. Appointed to the Civil Aeronautics Board (1959) by President Eisenhower, he became its chairman in 1961. In 1965, President Johnson appointed him undersecretary of commerce for transportation, then (1967) head of the newly created Dept. of Transportation, where he worked on airport modernization, air traffic control improvements, and auto safety standards. Boyd subsequently headed the Illinois Central Railroad (1969–76), Amtrak (1978–82), and Airbus Industries of North America (1982–92).


See his autobiography (2016).

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