(from left) Sam Ross, Kit Carson, Duncan McCallum, Joe B. Glass, Howard H. West,
Victor J. Miller, W. H. Proctor, Edward C. Bowe, James H. Burns, Howard B. Cox, Robert J. Rentz

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.


1962 W. H. Proctor
1963 Howard H. West
1964 Paul Carpenter
1965 Duke Ledbetter
1966 Paul Carpenter
1967 Sheldon Shoff
1968 Sheldon Shoff
1969 Cecil Hefner​
1970 Ham Smith
1971 Harry Clark
1972 Chick Luna
1973 Bill Person
1974 Bert Bruce
1975 Jack Gibson
1976 Milt Coppage
1977 Dwight McMillen
1978 Jim Stanford
1979 Bill McCormick
1980 Walt Moran
1981 Fred Illston
1982 Nick O’Connell
1983 Bryce McCormick​
​​​​​​​1984 George Becker
1985 Chuck Shafer
1986 Elton Leach
1987 Tony DeSalvo
1988 Martin Gellart​
1989 Bob Wilson
1990 Joe Gumber​
1991 Fran Fosdick
1992 Cort Dickinson
1993 Bill Bettwy
1994 Tom Eanes
1995 Bob Lagerstrom
1996 Don Allen
1997 Kenneth Phelps
1998 John D. Moore
1999 Robert H. Malone
2000 R. Gary Lopp
2001 George W. McKellar
2002 Jack R. Hinson
2003 Herb Dabelow
2004 Robert E. Mangam
2005 Dale K. Johnson
2006 Martin H. O’Leary
2007 Glenn E. Cribbs
2008 Art Culver
2009 Donald C. Jensen​
2010 Gary Yudell
2011 Ray Seymour
2012 Anthony M. Fortune
​​2013 Bruce D. Ott
2014 Bill Rose
2015 Fred Landbeck
2016 Melanie Jarvi
2017 Robert Hoch
2018 Peter Eschauzier
2019 J. C. Farrell
2020 Dave Pakiz
2021 Joseph Sellers