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MOVING UP... [[image - Lee A. Archer, Jr.]] In the language of the 1940's 1st Lieutenant Lee A. (Buddy) Archer, Jr. was what his comrades-in-arms called a "hot rock pilot"—a term reserved for only the very best. Lee, who served with the 302nd Fighter Squadron during World War II, received that type of admiration the hard way—he earned it. He was one of the most accomplished fighter pilots to come out of Tuskegee and was credited with four and a half planes downed in the air and another six destroyed on the ground. He came within a whisper of winning the coveted designation of "ace". (Five confirmed "kills were required.) His exploits were legendary. On one sortie he destroyed two German Messereschmitt's 109's in the space of minutes. In his own words:"There were two flying at the same altitude, and I got behind one and fired a burst into the plane and tore the wing off. Another plane was flying at the same altitude as I was, and I pulled toward him and tore into it with long bursts." Lee remained in service after the war was over, taking on a number of increasingly important positions including Commander, United States Air Force Base, Paris, France (Orly); Executive Officer, 36th North American Air Defense Command-Joint United States-Canadian Staff, and concluding his military career as Deputy Commander of Bases, United States Air Force, Southern Command, with the rank of colonel. He joined General Foods as Manager of Corporate Equal Opportunity Affairs in September, 1970, and later served as Director. In 1979 he was named Corporate Vice President, Urban Affairs. He has also served as President and later chairman of Vanguard Capital Corporation, a General Foods' MESBIC subsidiary. He was appointed President of North Street Capital Corporation, a General Foods' venture capital subsidiary in 1972, and elected chairman in 1973. Lee received his A.A., B.A., at the University of California at Los Angeles; his M.A. from New York University; and is a PH.D. Candidate at New York University. Before joining General Foods, while on active duty, he served as Associate Professor of Geopolitics at New York University, and has taught government and politics at the overseas units of the University of Maryland and Florida State University. He has served as guest lecturer in International Relations, Geopolitics, Military Power and Negro History at various universities and colleges in Central America, Europe, and South East Asia. An appreciation and abiding respect for the contributions of black pilots has never left Lee, and he is founding member of the Negro Airmen's International and the Tuckegee Airmen, Inc. He is a former president of EDGES group and is also active in a number of other civic and social organizations. Lee is married to Ina Burdell Archer. They have four children, three sons and one daughter, and reside in New Rochelle, NY. [[image - Robert L. Crandell]] Robert L. Crandell is president and chief operating officer of AMR Corp. and American Airlines, Inc. He was elected president of the airline in 1980 after serving for seven years in high-level finance and marketing positions in the company. He has been a member of American's board of directors since 1976. Mr. Crandell headed the company's marketing organization as a senior vice president from June 1974 to 1980 and served as senior vice president-finance from April 1973, when he joined the company, until his appointment as senior vice president-marketing. His experience as an airline executive also includes six years with TWA where he rose to vice president-data services and later vice president and controller. Earlier, he held finance management positions with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., and Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. A native of Westerly, R.I., he is a 1957 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received a master's degree in business administration in 1960 from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He is a director of the Republic Bank of Dallas and Dallas Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Crandell and his wife live in Dallas. They have three Children. [[image - Jose Ananias]] A testimonial dinner-jazz concert has been scheduled to honor Jose Ananias on the occasion of his retirement as district supervising attendance officer for the Bronx East High School Attendance District of the Bureau of Attendance. This unique celebration is being called "a Harlem Renaissance Savoy Party" and will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 28, 1984 from 2:00 P.M. in the Auditorium of St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 211 West 141st Street, New York, New York. The cost is $30.00 per person and checks should be made payable to Jose Ananias Retirement 214
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