Jeff Kriendler, the public voice of Pan American World Airlines during its last turbulent ten years of existence, died Sept. 3 after suffering from several serious illnesses over the years. He was 76.
He joined Pan Am as a management trainee in1968 and rose to the VP-corporate communications post in 1982.
While at the PR helm, Kriendler handled the sale of Pan Am’s huge Pacific network in 1985, the Lockerbie, the Scotland bombing of Flight 103 in 1988, and the ensuing bankruptcy and cessation of operations in 1991.
Kriendler was born in New York City to Florence and Bob Kriendler, one of the owners of the legendary “21 Club,” where he met US presidents, politicos, movie stars and gangsters.
After he suffered a mild stroke shortly after Pan Am’s Chapter 11 filing, Kriendler moved to Miami, where he kept active as a member of the airline’s historical foundation.
Ed Trippe, son of Pan Am founder, Juan Trippe, said of Kriendler: “Jeff was Pan Am.”
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