DOT’s First Secretary: Alan Boyd

This month the US DOT began its year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with all the former Secretaries invited to the event. The most notable among the invitees was the first Secretary of the new agency, Alan Boyd, age 93. In addition to that very notable distinction, Alan Boyd was among the guiding forces in the creation of the Department for several years before its birth, as Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation.

Noted transportation reporter and essayist Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow and Editor of the Eno Transportation Weekly, interviewed Secretary Boyd at his hotel before the DOT opening event on February 3.  Also in the discussion were Alan Pisarski of the History Committee and Secretary Boyd’s son, Mark. The edited recordings of those discussions are now transcribed and available in three parts as prepared by Jeff Davis. Secretary Boyd’s memoir will be published later this year.

~Thanks to Alan Pisarski for this post

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