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In Memoriam

Anderson, Past Cleveland Board Member

Jesse O. Anderson, 80, a member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Board of Trustees from 1990-2014 and a longtime member of APTA committees, died Dec. 7.

Anderson was instrumental in developing programs to serve persons with disabilities as an influential disability rights advocate for more than 40 years. He founded and was a past president of the Disabled Rights Task Force Inc. and was a council member for the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, among other affiliations. RTA named the caucus room in its main office building in his honor in 2014.

Schuster, Former CEO, ITS America

Neil Schuster, 65, president and chief executive officer of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) from 2001-2007, died in late December. Schuster was executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and held senior management positions with the American Automobile Manufacturers Association and America Waterways Operators before joining ITS America. He subsequently was president and CEO of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators until 2014.

Fry, Agency Executive

Philip Lee Fry, 65, of West Hartford, CT, assistant general manager, planning and marketing, with Connecticut Transit HNS Management Inc. in Hartford and longtime general manager of Amtran, Altoona, PA, died Dec. 27. Fry began his public transit career in his hometown of Marion, IN, and served Amtran for 20 years, 17 of them as general manager, before joining CTTransit in 1997.

Willhoite, Pierce Transit Employee
Zack Willhoite, 35, an IT customer service support specialist with Pierce Transit, Lakewood, WA, since 2008, died Dec. 18 in the Amtrak train derailment near Tacoma, WA.

In a statement, the agency noted that Willhoite “has always been deeply appreciated and admired by his colleagues, and played an important role at our agency. He will be sincerely missed.”
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