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A. Carl Kotchian

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A. Carl Kotchian Age 94, resident of Palo Alto, CA former president of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, died at Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, CA, on Sunday, December 14, 2008. Carl was born July 17, 1914, in Kermit, ND, to Adolphus Count and Mamie (Bonzer) Kotchian. At an early age, his family moved to Long Beach, CA. He was graduated A.B. in 1935 and M.B.A. in 1938 from Stanford University. In 1940, he became a Certified Public Accountant and began working for Price, Waterhouse & Co. in Los Angeles. In 1941, he joined Vega Airplane Company, a subsidiary of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, as a budget analyst manager. In 1951, Mr. Kotchian became assistant director of financial operations when Lockheed began its operations in Marietta, GA. In 1956, he was elected Vice President of Lockheed and became general manager of the Georgia division. Returning to corporate headquarters in Burbank in 1959, he was named group vice president. Mr. Kotchian advanced to executive vice president in 1965 and was made President of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in 1967. Three of the most significant programs during his tenure as president from 1967 to 1976, were the building of the C-5 Galaxy, L-1011 TriStar, and SR-71 Blackbird. Mr. Kotchian was also served on the board of directors of Lockheed from 1964 until 1976. Throughout his life, Mr. Kotchian served on various boards including the advisory board of Los Angeles Chapter of the Salvation Army and the board of trustees of the Ojai Valley School. He was a longtime member of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and served on the Board of Overseers. He was an avid supporter of Stanford Athletics. Carl is survived by his son, Robert (Deborah) Kotchian, San Jose, CA; two grandchildren, Sarah Kotchian, Paso Robles, CA; and Ian (LaHoma) Kotchian, San Diego, CA. Carl was preceded in death in 2002 by his wife of 62 years, Lucy Elizabeth Carr. No services will be held. Interment will take place at the Bohemian Cemetery in Lidgerwood, ND. Donations in honor of Carl's memory can be made to the local chapter of the Salvation Army in lieu of flowers.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on Dec. 21, 2008
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