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In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man. The Talmud

Tre­nary fam­ily tragedy also ours

Cham­ber CEO Phil Tre­nary's death is such a tragedy. I worked for the air­line he ran for 9 ⁄ years. I was not in direct contact with him; our only in­ter­ac­tions were hand­shakes and small talk. I did see how he ran this busi­ness and the big chal­lenges he con­fronted: Fix­ing an ail­ing air­line, tak­ing it pub­lic with the added chal­lenge of 9/11 mixed in, adding to the busi­ness, and some of the big­ger tragedies that hap­pen with the air­line busi­ness. The best way I can de­scribe Phil is poise. He was a gen­tle­man all the time. Run­ning an air­line is a tough busi­ness. He did this with grace where oth­ers would have been rough or raunchy. He was very good at what he knew.

His fam­ily lost the most. What the city lost was a pure leader who loved Email let­ters to let­ters@com­mer­cial ap­; mail Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor, The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal, 495 Union, Mem­phis, TN 38103; or click on the “Sub­mit Let­ter” link on the Opin­ion page at com­mer­cialap­ Mem­phis. When he left the air­line, he could have gone any­where. He could have done any­thing. He was not a na­tive, but he chose to stay in Mem­phis. He chose to help Mem­phis move for­ward to where it should be nat­u­rally. He could see the po­ten­tial and wanted to help. Not a lot of peo­ple would have done this in this way. This is such a set­back. Mem­phis is in need of growth. How the city pulls out of this is go­ing to be very hard. God bless Phil and his fam­ily.

Thomas Faires, Mem­phis

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