Donald William Nyrop

Minneapolis, Minnesota


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Age 98 of Edina Died Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at his home. His lifelong career in the airline industry, beginning in Washington D.C. as a federal regulator of the nascent commercial airline industry and concluding with a quarter-century at the helm of Northwest Airlines, define his legacy. Born...

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I feel that I had the best years of the airline industry when I worked there and My Nyrop's NWA was the best of the best.

My employment with NWA started in Dec 1965. I remember seeing Mr. Nyrop in one of his fly thrus in PIT when he greeted and slapped a co-worker on the back as he deplaned. When I asked my co-worker who was the guy slapping you on the back and the reply was Donald Nyrop. He then took me outside to meet him. Needless to say I was impressed and made to feel relaxed. Yes, he never forgot a name as I met him again later in CLE. Even though we didn't make a lot of money in our paychecks, we...

Thank you for being one CEO that knew how to run an airline. My husband and I had the opportunity to work for NWA during that era. Our country needs men like D.W.Nyrop to keep it running in the black. Bless his family. The Clarks

After reading the article last week about Don's life & work at Northwest, it helped me to understand what an impact he had on my father, Jim Abbott. Don hired my father back in the late 1950s and together they worked shoulder to shoulder into the 1980s. The article described Don's style and manner but it might as well have been my dad. Dad often talked about the things he learned and worked on with Don.

I still look at the spot where the blue/green head quarters building was...

Nyrop and Aircraft Safety

I was the aircraft structures engineering manager at Northwest Airlines long before Mr. Nyrop came and long after he left. In one-on-one interfaces he sought and accepted advice from all levels of employees, even hangar and line mechanics and many times with me. He was more knowledgeable and committed to aircraft safety than any other executive that I ever worked for in my 48 years at NWA. The photo of him with me was taken at a year 2004 “open house” at the Northwest Airlines History Centre,...

He Was Genuine

At his 95th birthday party, a huge, elegant event hosted every 5 years by retired pilots, Mr. Nyrop greeted everyone at the entry. The attached photo of me and my husband, Felix, who was an NWA aircraft engineering maintenance manager, shows the genuine warmth of his greetings.
Barbara Perry, Mpls. MN

I had the distinct pleasure of serving with Don on the Doane College Board of Trustees for several years. He freely contributed his wit, charm and vision to each topic. His attention was particularly aroused when he suspected projects of being wasteful or short-sighted. Don’s unique passion for excellence influenced everything he did and everyone around him. I feel honored to have been his friend. I will miss him.

To all those feeling the burden of Mr. Nyrop's passing, especially family, I just wanted to offer my respects even though I never met the man or his family.

My exposure to Mr. Nyrop came from my father, who had the privilege to work for NWA under Mr. Nyrop's leadership. Throughout the years and the recollections my father would tell me, all I ever heard was what a tremendous individual he was. I think what displayed my father's respect and Mr.Nyrop's quality character the most to...

Don and Grace were two of the most impressive people I have ever come in contact with in my 80 years of life. Will be long remembered by members of the Notre Dame hockey family for his friendship and generosity. One of the most impressive businessmen in the USA. Great family and had to endure so many most difficult times due to his position and great love of NWA. Will always be remembered as a great Husband, Father and Businessman. The world will miss him. Lefty Smith