The industry said goodbye to a number of luminaries in 2007. We remember some of those who died.
A fond farewell
-- Frank Anderson, 81, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association in 1991, died Feb. 1. He was the former owner of Sir Walter Raleigh Chevrolet in Raleigh, N.C., where he worked from 1946 to 2003.
-- Irving Bluestone, 90, longtime UAW official, died Nov. 17. He joined the union in 1947, became administrative assistant to Walter Reuther in 1961 and headed the UAW's General Motors department from 1971 to 1990. Bluestone became a UAW vice president in 1972.
-- Wayne Booker, 73, former vice chairman of Ford Motor Co., died Oct. 17. He held that post from 1996 until he retired in 2001. Booker was with Ford 42 years and laid the groundwork for the company to enter China, India, Thailand and Russia.
-- Bill France, 74, who built stock car racing into one of America's most successful sports and business enterprises, died June 4. He was president of NASCAR from 1972 to 2000 and continued as chairman until 2003.
-- David Halberstam, 73, died in a motor vehicle crash April 23. He was one of the first to dig deeply into the historic shift of fortunes in the auto industry in his 1986 book, The Reckoning. He said it told of "Japan's ascent and America's subtle industrial decline."
-- Lindsey Halstead, 76, former chairman of Ford of Europe and the man who brought Jaguar into the Ford family, died May 26. Before Ford of Europe, he ran Ford's Latin America and Asia-Pacific operations and was president of Ford Brazil.
-- Chuck King, 77, one of Nissan's early leaders in the United States, died Feb. 20. He joined Nissan from Chrysler in 1972 and was Nissan's top-ranking U.S. executive when he retired in 1987. Under his guidance, Nissan's U.S. sales tripled.
-- Bob Lund, 87, one of the industry's great salesmen, died Oct. 18. He was general sales manager and general manager of Chevrolet when the division was selling 3.5 million vehicles a year in the 1970s. Lund also headed Cadillac and was GM sales and marketing vice president.
-- J. Edward Lundy, 92, a postwar Whiz Kid who became Ford Motor Co.'s CFO, died Oct. 2. He helped train many Ford executives and was, in the words of a friend, "a teacher at heart." Lundy retired in 1979 after 33 years with Ford.
-- Jim Moran, 88, biggest Hudson dealer, biggest Ford dealer and then the man who taught Toyota how to sell cars to Americans, died April 24. He formed Southeast Toyota Distributors in 1968 and built it into the world's largest independent Toyota distributor.
-- Wally Parks, 94, the driving force behind the establishment of the National Hot Rod Association, died Sept. 28. He founded the NHRA in 1951. In 1949, Parks led the campaign to open Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats for hot-rod speed trials.
-- John Rock, 71, a maverick General Motors executive who was Oldsmobile general manager from 1992 to 1997, died Nov. 16. He earned the respect of dealers by fighting to save Olds, although it was a losing battle. A friend recalled that Rock "could be a bit gruff and was very frank, but he was also extremely intellectual."
-- Roger Smith, 82, GM chairman from 1981 to 1990, died Nov. 29. He started Saturn and bought Electronic Data Systems and Hughes Aircraft, but product quality suffered and GM lost nine points of market share while Smith was chairman.
-- Yoshifumi Tsuji, 79, Nissan Motor Co. president from 1992 to 1996, died Feb. 11. He offered retirement to employees as young as 30, paid no executive bonuses and closed a plant, but his efforts to stem the flow of red ink at Nissan were to no avail.
-- Jack Walsh, 90, a 50-year reporter and editor who spent 28 years with Automotive News, died Sept. 28. He joined Automotive News in 1957, became truck and service editor in 1970 and retired in 1985.
-- Jim Woulfe, 85, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association in 1986, died April 17. He owned a Ford dealership in Albany, Calif., in the late 1950s and opened Shamrock Ford in Dublin, Calif. He sold the dealership to AutoNation Inc. when he retired in 1999.
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