Public Figure Profiles

Thornton Wilson

Thornton "T" Arnold Wilson (February 8, 1921 – April 10, 1999) was the Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of Boeing corporation.Born February 8, 1921, in Sikeston, Missouri, Wilson earned his B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames and a M.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He also attended the MIT Sloan School of Management's Sloan Fellows program, but did not graduate. While attending Iowa State, Wilson was a member of the swim team.

Wilson was awarded the NAS Award in Aeronautical Engineering in 1985 from the National Academy of Sciences. In 1992, he was the recipient of the Tony Jannus Award for his distinguished contributions to commercial aviation.

Following his graduation from Iowa State, Wilson joined Boeing in 1943 and worked on bomber programs, notably the swept-wing B-47 Stratojet and B-52 Stratofortress, and also led the proposal team that won the contract for the Minuteman missile. He became company president in 1968, chief executive officer in 1969, and chairman in 1972. Wilson stepped down as CEO in 1986 at age 65, succeeded by Frank Shrontz, and retired as chairman at the end of 1987. He died at age 78 at his winter home in Palm Springs, California.The main glass gallery of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, opened in 1987, is named for Wilson.

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Some of their strengths

Thornton Wilson has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Confident, Energetic, Independent, Optimistic, Smart, Intuitive, and Imaginative.

Idealistic and Altruistic

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Thornton Wilson is someone who is an idealist and an altruist who possesses an innovative, intellectual, and analytical mind, and who approaches life in an optimistic and easygoing manner. A person who is known for being a good partner.

Adventurous and Free

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Thornton Wilson well know them as someone who can be talented, wayward and free, like a big river or the ocean.

Independent and Organized

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Thornton Wilson as someone who is independent, organized, inventive, and generous.

A person who is curious and a loves learning, who seems to always know what to say, who has an optimism that can overcome any difficult situation, and who seems to be able to master almost any skill.

Emotionally Intelligent and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Thornton Wilson is someone who tends to have strong emotional intelligence and intuition, and who can be a catalyst of change for others.

They are also someone who is active, giving, optimistic, and cheerful, and who possesses a charisma that attracts friends and admirers.

Altruistic and Innovative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Thornton Wilson tends to be someone who sacrifices things for the good of others and wants to do "good" in the world. Who is often thought of as an innovator or rebel who thrives when trying to chase a breakthrough of some sort, who has a clear and sound mind, and who can be charming and sociable.

Some of Thornton Wilson's challenges

While Thornton Wilson has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Thornton Wilson can be Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Arrogant, Status-seeking, and Domineering.

Rebellious and Emotionally Distant

One of Thornton Wilson's key challenges is that they are someone who can be rebellious and emotionally distant.

Domineering and Impatient

Thornton Wilson is someone who can be demanding, egotistical, and controlling, can have a lack of judgment regarding personal finances, be argumentative and stubborn, and who can have a tendency to be withdrawn and spend time in self-imposed isolation.

Serious and Callous

Finally, Thornton Wilson also can be too giving, come across as too "high and mighty", and can have a hard time expressing feelings.

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