SPAR NEWS

Revision Dates

Recent News December 30, 2023
Recent Deaths February 27, 2024
Memory Lane May 12, 2024

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The SPAR and Seaboard Websites now have approximately 830 html pages and more than 3,160 photos, not counting thumbnails. Please notify me of any typos or errors.


Recent News

Lunch in Michigan

A few of Seaboard World Airlines DTW ground crew still get together. Tom Amross, Mike Bradish, and Bill Thurston
met for lunch in Ann Arbor on December 27, 2023.


Capt. Lynn Rippelmeyer's second book

Lynn's second book, Life Takes Flight, has been published. It continues her remarkable story through her career, becoming the first female 747 transoceanic captain, retirement from United as a Boeing 787 captain, and her charitable activities in Honduras. Both books are available from Lynn's Website, www.lynnrippelmeyer.com. The proceeds will benefit the ROSE Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that Lynn founded to help the people of Honduras.  September 22, 2023

Life Takes Flight


2023 Reunion photos

19 photos of the reunion have been posted here. The last 3 photos were added on May 31st. May 31, 2023


Video by Carol Everhart from 2010 flight attendants' reunion

In 2010, Carol Everhart sent three videos that she took at the flight attendants' reunion at the El Rancho Inn near SFO. Two of the videos were taken with a Flip video camera and hosted on Flip's website. That website was shut down in 2014. The third 5-minute video was in a format not supported by most modern web browsers. I just converted it to mp4 format which should be viewable on most up-to-date web browsers. There is a link to the video on each of the two pages of photos taken at the reunion and can be accessed directly here.  August 6, 2022


Another New Seaboard author

Ron Sutphin flew for Seaboard in 1955 and 1956. He then flew for CAT, originally a Nationalist Chinese airline later renamed Air America, managed by the CIA. Ron died in 2007 and CS Norwood, one of his 9 sisters, edited and published his memoir. Ron is the twelfth Seaboard person and eleventh crewmember known to have published a book.  June 14, 2022

Covert Skies


New Seaboard author

Capt. Lynn Rippelmeyer has had a book published. She is the eleventh Seaboard person and tenth crewmember known to have done so.  March 6, 2022

Life Takes Wings


A terrific newsreel about Seaboard during the Korean War has been posted on youtube by Bob Haley, husband of Art Norden's daughter Betsy. Be sure to watch it.  April 7, 2014

Earlier news items previously posted in this section can be seen here.


Memory Lane

In the separate articles section, a page about Boeing 747 boarding ladders has been added.  May 12, 2024


In the history section, a photo of a baby chicks being unloaded from a DC-4 has been added.  July 22, 2023


In the aircraft section, a photo of a Seaboard CL-44D in British Overseas Airways Corp. (BOAC) livery has been added.  July 14, 2023


In the memorial section, a page has been added for Edie LeRoy Restivo. She died in 1989 at 62.  February 10, 2023


In the memorial section, information has been added to the memorial page for Capt. Larry Sullivan.  October 25, 2022


In the history section, eight photos have been added for the Miscellaneous Photos page and three photos showing a horse, lion, and cows has been added to the Animals Transported page.  september 30, 2022


In the history section, a page has been added for the Alice (Kulis) Hirschberg, secretary to chief pilot Carl Hirschberg, and later, his wife.  July 31, 2022


Recently-acquired information indicates that Chris Grover, wife of Capt. Niles Grover, flew some trips for Seaboard as flight attendant. A memorial page has been posted for her here.  July 28, 2022


In 1952, Seaboard established two fellowships in the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. The brochure is shown in the memorabilia section.  July 24, 2022


In the memorial section, a short account has been added for F/E Bill Neuenhaus. He died in 2011. There is also an obituary for him online.  July 17, 2022


In the memorial section, a photo has been added to the memorial page for Billy Rees.  June 18, 2022


In the memorial section, additional information has been added to the memorial page for Billy Rees, a navigator who died in 2011.  June 14, 2022


In the memorial section, a photo and additional information has been added to the memorial page for Guy Murchie, a navigator for Seaboard during the Korean War. He was a well‑known author who wrote several books and led an interesting life.  April 7, 2022


In the memorial section, a page has been added for Ron Sutphin. He flew for Seaboard in 1955 and 1956 and died in 2007 at age 76. He led an extremely interesting life.  March 20, 2022


Many Seaboard aircraft returning from leases to other airlines were operated for a while in the liveries of airlines to which they had been leased. A photo of a DC‑8‑63CF in Korean Airlines colors has been added to the aircraft section.  February 16, 2022


In the memorial section, the photo of Sam Fondiler, vice president of finance, has been replaced by a better one and biographical information has been added.   January 7, 2022


In the history section, a page has been added for the Captain's Deck Service on B‑747F aircraft. There are two new photos showing the passenger check‑in and departure gates at a passenger terminal. The new photos are below two previously posted.  January 1, 2022

Earlier items previously posted in this section can be seen here.


Recent Deaths

Pat Laska

Pat Laska died at her home in Branford, Conn. in December, 2023. She was 81 years old.  February 27, 2024

There have no other information at this time.

Reported by Diana Morgan


Bill Rose

Bill Rose died on December 1, 2023. He was about 85 years old.  December 3, 2023

Reported by Capt. Paul Cellecz


Keye Hollister

Keye Hollister died on September 22, 2023. She was 84 years old.
The funeral home posted an obituary online here and a more-extensive one was published in a newspaper here.  September 30, 2023

Reported by Judy Carroll Moore via Andrea battern


Capt. Karl Porsche

Karl Porsche died on February 17, 2023. He was 86 years old.
The funeral home posted an obituary online here.  May 2, 2023

Reported by Capt. John Dickson (FTL)


Ken Chapman

Ken Chapman died on April 12, 2023. He was about 79 years old.
I will add additional information if and when it is received.  April 23, 2023

Reported by Carolyn Chapman


Jürgen Heck

Jürgen Heck died in Germany on February 22, 2023. He had been Director, Traffic Operations, Europe, based in Frankfurt. He was 83 years old.  March 22, 2023

Reported by Heri Diehlmann


Joe Paiva

Joe Paiva died in Florida in January, 2023. He was 85 years old.  March 22, 2023

Reported by Air Line Pilot magazine


Norbert Mahr

Norbert Mahr died in Frankfurt on December 13, 2022. He was 87 years old.  December 31, 2022

He was Station Manager in Frankfurt from 1972 to 1980.

Reported by Heri Diehlmann


Tony Moussalli

Tony Moussalli died on September 9, 2022 in Germany. He was 81 years old.  September 11, 2022

There will be a funeral and urn burial in Germany on September 23, 2022.

Additional information about Tony's family was added on Sept. 15.

Reported by Tommy McPherson via Heri Diehlmann


Dixie Marsh

Dixie Marsh died on June 1, 2022 in San Francisco. She was 84 years old.  June 17, 2022

There will be a visitation for Dixie on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 12:30 PM at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 North Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Following the visitation will be a graveside service at 2:00 PM at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

There is an obituary online here.

Reported by Carol Everhart


Notices previously posted here about members of the Seaboard family who died have been transferred to their memorial pages or to this page.


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