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Subject: Joseph R. O'Gorman Jr., Airline Executive

Dies at 59
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Date Posted: August 30, 2002 5:57:33 EDT

Joseph R. O'Gorman Jr., who ran Reno Air for a year and directed its sale to American Airlines, died on Aug. 10 in Barrington, Ill. He was 59.

The cause was a heart attack, according to DHL Airways, where Mr. O'Gorman had been chairman and chief executive since March 2001.

The board of DHL Airways appointed Vicki Bretthauer, senior vice president for operations, as acting chief executive.

In his 18 months leading the revamped DHL Airways, Mr. O'Gorman established a headquarters in Chicago and recruited a new management team for the carrier, which operates a network of all-cargo aircraft for DHL Worldwide Express and other customers.

In 1997, Mr. O'Gorman retired from United Airlines, where he had been executive vice president for operations.

He was also senior operations executive at US Airways and chairman and chief executive of AirCal, Aloha Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Evergreen International.

Reno Air, a struggling carrier, brought Mr. O'Gorman out of retirement in February 1998 to turn it around; the airline lost $12.3 million in 1997.

It was sold to American in November 1998 for $124 million, and Mr. O'Gorman remained until February 1999.

American completed its integration of Reno Air the following August.

Mr. O'Gorman is survived by his wife, Gail Seidel O'Gorman; a son, Joseph R. O'Gorman III; two daughters, Kelley and Shannon; two grandchildren; his parents; three sisters; and four brothers.

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