The Inception of The Grey Eagles
In the spring of 1962, the President of the Kiwis, Boots Johnston Hogate, invited all retired pilots of American Airlines to visit the Kiwi National Convention on May 10, 11 and 12 at the Dryden East Hotel in New York City.
Eleven retired pilots accepted the invitation. They were W. H. Proctor, J. H. Burns, J. B. Glass, Kit Carson, Duncan McCullum, S. R. Ross, V. J. Miller, H. B. Cox, Howard H. West, E. C. Bowe and R. J. Rentz. Being impressed with the strong feeling of fellowship and camaraderie among the Kiwis, the pilots felt a spark igniting their own smoldering desires of six years for an association where they, too, could continue and meld their strong friendships over the future years.
These eleven pilots met at the Dryden East Hotel in New York City on May 11, 1962, at 10:00 a.m. They met again at 9:00 a.m. on May 12, 1962. During these all-day meetings they adopted a name and a set of by laws, and thus: THE GREY EAGLES ASSOCIATION was born.
Originally compiled by: Cecil M. Hefner with the help of many Grey Eagle members.