In Memoriam

Posted 15 December 2013

Lawrence O. Kitchen, former chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Corporation, died 15 December 2013, at the age of ninety. During his tenure at Lockheed-Georgia Company (1971-1975), Kitchen stabilized employment, brought C-5A costs under control and completed the program, and greatly boosted C-130 sales. Kitchen became Lockheed president in 1975. He successfully lobbied Congress to accept the company’s C-5B offer in 1981, encouraged the development of stealth, and set up a teaming arrangement to bid on the US Air Force’s Advanced Tactical Fighter program that became the F-22. Kitchen served as president of the corporation until 1986 and was chairman and chief executive officer from 1986 to 1988, completing a thirty-year career with Lockheed.

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