Eleanor "Fergie" Glithero Fulmer
Passed on September 24th, 2001 Eleanor "Fergie" Glithero Fulmer, 79, passed away leaving behind a loving family, thousands of former friends and co-workers and an unparalleled legacy in the airline business. Born Eleanor Grace Ferguson, the daughter of the deputy superintendant of schools in Glendale, CA , she graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in Education. As treasurer and later president of Delta Gamma Sorority at UCLA, she was given the nickname of "Fergie" that lasted her entire lifetime. Following graduation, she volunteered as an officer in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) and was certified as a Link Trainer at Hunter College. She was ultimately assigned to instruct pilots at the North Island Navy Base in San Diego (Coronado). In 1946, she resigned her commision to take a Link Trainer job with Friedkin Aeronautics, a small civilian aviation school doing business at Lindbergh Field in San Diego. Swifly promoted to office manager, she accepted more and more responsibility at the school and became a close advisor to Kenny and Jean Friedkin who founded Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) in 1949. She was a trusted member of every management team that controlled PSA over the next 36 years. At a time when few women held corporate positions in the airline industry, Friedkin appointed Fergie Secretary of Giles, Inc., Friedkin's personal corporation in 1953; Secretary-Treasurer to Friedkin Aeronautics, Inc., board of directors (then parent company to the fledgling airline) in 1954. In 1963, as the top financial officer for PSA, she worked with airline officers, privated attorney's and the Securities Exchange Commission to move PSA from a private to a public corporation. She developed the company's first credit card, computerized the accounting department and created a unique ticketing system that was, for many years, the fastest in the industry. As the California airline grew in popularity and in size, hundreds of people were added to the payroll.... and ALL knew her as "Fergie". She made it a point to become as aquainted with as many PSA employees as possible. Her quick wit, charming personality and obvious concern for their concerns made them all her friends. A gourmet cook, she played a good game of golf, then retired from PSA in 1982 to spend more time with here family and to travel. She was active in the PSA Oldtimers organization, the Altrusa women's service club and was honored by the YWCA in 1981 in their tribute to Women in Industry program. Survivors include her husband, Richard Fulmer; daughters, Dianne Kuerbis of San Diego, and Sandra Flynn, of Rancho Bernardo; 4 grandchildren and 4 great- grandchildren. At her request, there were no services.