McGlashen, 55, passed away from a short illness on August 5, surrounded by family. He was born in Lapeer, Michigan on December 7, 1958.
William attended Cy-Fair High School and Southwest Texas State University.
After college, William joined Memorial Herman Hospital and acted as their communication and PR point person. He also worked on many political campaigns which includes the likes of John Connelly and Ronald Regan.
His passion for travel and politics led him to the airline industry. William joined the young airline, America West, in 1989 as a flight attendant. He was a founding officer of America West's AFA Council 66 serving on the AFA Master Executive Council at America West from 1994-2007, and on the Joint Negotiations Committee during the US Airways-America West merger. Bill was the Executive Assistant to the International President of the AFA in Washington DC from 2007-2010. He also served on Department of Transportation, Department of Labor and served on a special committee on trade agreements, focusing on European Union - U.S. and China Open Skies. He led efforts to pass legislation including the McCaskill-Bond amendment and FMLA reform for crewmembers.
Most recently, William was instrumental in the merger between US Airlines and American Airlines. His tireless work on Capitol Hill helped to solidify the merger of these two airline giants. William recently relocated to Dallas, Texas to become American Airlines Director of Labor Communications.
William is survived by his parents, Daryl and Nancy McGlashen, his son Reed McGlashen and fiancée Jessica, his brothers Brian and Marshall and his sisters Pamela and Holly. His brother and sister-in-laws Claire, Renae, Anna and Todd, his nieces and nephews Scott, Robin, Emilie, Tyler, Jackson, Caroline and Brooke. He was preceded in death by his brother Tim McGlashen.
Join William's family at a memorial service to be held on Saturday, August 9, at 1:00 p.m. at Unity Church, 2929 Unity Drive, Houston.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations, in William's honor, to the Pegasus Fund or The American Airlines Family Fund, C/O American Airlines Community Relations, 4333 Amon Carter Blvd., MD 5575 Fort Worth, Texas.
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Published by Houston Chronicle on Aug. 8, 2014.