Donald Nyrop, the legendary tight-fisted manager who led Northwest Airlines for nearly a quarter of a century until he retired in 1978, died Nov. 16. He was 98. Under his leadership, NW was consistently profitable and enjoyed one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry. He maintained tight oversight over the airline's spending and famously warred with the airline's unions over wages and benefits. Northwest endured numerous strikes during his tenure, but in large part owing ...

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