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FORMER AIRBORNE EXPRESS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND SEATTLE COMMUNITY LEADER DIES (Obituary)

 FORMER AIRBORNE EXPRESS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
 AND SEATTLE COMMUNITY LEADER DIES
 SEATTLE, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Holt W. Webster, Airborne Express' former chief executive officer and chairman of the board, died yesterday afternoon after a short illness, the company said today. He was 72.
 At the announcement of Webster's death, Airborne Chairman Robert Cline said, "Holt gave much to this community and to this company. He was loved by all and will be sorely missed."
 Webster most recently served on Airborne's board of directors as chairman of the executive committee. His air freight career began while serving as captain in the military Air Transport Command from 1942-1946. He worked for Northwest Airlines in Seattle from 1946 to 1951 before starting Pacific Air Freight in 1951. He became Pacific's president and chief executive officer in 1962 and led the 1968 merger that resulted in the creation of Airborne Freight Corp. (NYSE: ABF), headquartered in Seattle.
 Webster, a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., attended Reed College in Oregon. He was on the board of directors of the Air Freight Forwarders Association. His contributions to the Seattle community were particularly noteworthy. A past president of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce (1979-80), board member of the United Way of King County and president of the Citizens Council Against Crime, Webster most recently served as a volunteer on the board of The Seattle Central Community College Foundation and board of the Senior Services of Seattle & King County.
 He also sat on the boards of directors for Puget Sound Power & Light and Washington Mutual Savings Bank. He was a member of the Washington Athletic Club and the Seattle Tennis Club.
 Webster was survived by his wife, Kate Belcher Webster, daughters Kate W. Scribner and Anne W. Fox, and a son, Craig Lewis Webster.
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