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Southwick, MA Resident Receives Flight Attendant Union’s Highest Honor

Date: October 31, 2002

Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, presents award at annual meeting

Washington, DC – American Eagle flight attendant and Southwick, MA resident Patricia Davis was recently awarded the Edith Lauterbach Merit Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a flight attendant by the Association of Flight Attendants.

Named for AFA founder and United Airlines flight attendant Edith Lauterbach, the award is presented to flight attendants who exemplify leadership, commitment and dedication to the advancement of their profession. Davis was presented with the award at AFA’s annual Board of Directors meeting, held this year in San Francisco, CA.

A flight attendant who began her career at Mohawk Airlines in 1965, Davis was forced to retire in 1969, a victim of the infamous ‘no-marriage rule’ which prevented female flight attendants from marrying. She returned to her flight attendant career at Business Express in 1989, after raising four children with her husband of 33 years. She was a driving force behind Business Express’ affiliation with AFA in 1993. American Eagle Airlines purchased Business Express in 1999.

Throughout her career, Davis has made an indelible mark on the union and her flying partners. She has served in numerous leadership roles, including Master Executive Council (MEC) President, MEC Vice President, Local Council President, and negotiating committee member. Davis has also served on a variety of AFA committees, including Air Safety & Health, Employee Assistance and Grievance.

“Pat Davis epitomizes the best qualities of what makes our union unique and successful,” said AFA International President Pat Friend. “She impresses her colleagues with her professional, sensible and forthright approach to the challenges of our union work. She understands the importance of developing new leaders in our union and takes her role as a mentor very seriously. She is a tireless, successful and inspiring leader. Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations for a job well done.”

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