Elrey B. Jeppesen,89, a night mail pilot who turned his...

Deaths Elsewhere

December 01, 1996

Elrey B. Jeppesen,89, a night mail pilot who turned his sketches into a multimillion-dollar air navigation chart business, died Tuesday in Denver.

His motivation in starting the charts was simple -- survival. At the time, navigational problems were causing frequent accidents. He collected information for his charts by driving the routes by car, -- climbing mountains and smokestacks with altimeters strapped on his back, and gathering information from city and county engineers.

His first book was published in 1933 and sold for $10. Now, Jeppesen Airway Manuals are standard equipment in the airline industry. His company, Jeppesen Sanderson, sold to Times Mirror Corp. in 1961, has more than 800 employees worldwide and grosses $80 million annually.

Dr. Paul Dowd,60, a researcher in organic chemistry known for his investigation of the mechanics acting in various vitamins, died of cancer Nov. 21 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

A professor of chemistry at the university, he drew international attention in recent years with his research into the mechanistic action of vitamins, particularly K and E. A study made public last year, for instance, suggested that vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant that can help keep cholesterol from clogging arteries, may also protect against heart disease and stroke by preventing blood clots.

Pub Date: 12/01/96

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