Lee Iacocca Chrysler Minivan CEO Has Died At 94 – Lee Iacocca, instrumental in the creation of the Ford Mustang and the Chrysler minivan, best known as “Lee,” died at the age of 94 on Tuesday morning.
Lee Iacocca Chrysler Minivan CEO Has Died At 94 | Lee Iacocca Cause Of Death:
Iacocca’s youngest daughter confirmed he died of natural causes Tuesday, although that he suffered from complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by two daughters and eight grandchildren.
Lee Iacocca began working at Ford Motor Company in 1946, and become president of Ford Motor in December 1970, but was fired by Henry Ford Jr. in 1978.
In 1985, Lee Iacocca earned the S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.
“I began my life as the son of immigrants, and I worked my way up to the presidency of the Ford Motor Company,” Iacocca wrote in his 1984 autobiography. “When I finally got there, I was on top of the world. But then fate said to me: ‘Wait. We’re not finished with you. Now you’re going to find out what it feels like to get kicked off Mt. Everest!'”
“As part of my job, I had to make a lot of long-distance calls,” he said in his autobiography. “In those days, there was no direct dialing, so that you always had to go through an operator. They’d ask for my name, and I’d say ‘Iacocca.” Of course, they had no idea how to spell it, so there was always a struggle to get that right. Then they’d ask for my first name and when I said ‘Lido,’ they’d break out laughing. Finally I said to myself: ‘Who needs it?’ and I started calling myself Lee.”
Lee Iacocca Wiki:
Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca was born on October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. He was an American automobile executive best known for the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s.
Iacocca was married to Mary McCleary on September 29, 1956. They had two daughters. Mary Iacocca died from diabetes on May 15, 1983. Iacocca’s second marriage was to Peggy Johnson on April 17, 1986, but in 1987, after nineteen months, Iacocca had the marriage annulled. He married for the third time in 1991 to Darrien Earle. They were seperated three years later.
Lee Iacocca authored or co-authored many books, including Iacocca: An Autobiography with William Novak.
“He played a historic role in steering Chrysler through crisis and making it a true competitive force,” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in a statement, “He was one of the great leaders of our company and the auto industry as a whole. He also played a profound and tireless role on the national stage as a business statesman and philanthropist.”
Lee Iacocca recruited by Chrysler Corp. in 1978 and became the Chrysler Corp’s CEO in 1979. He is credited for saving the company from bankruptcy.
“Lee was one of few truly great leaders,” said Bob Lutz, who had experience to serve with Lee Iacocca also was a longtime executive at Ford and Chrysler, “He was my mentor, my teacher and role model. When he was on, he was fabulous. I will miss him.”
“I owe the second half of my career to Lee Iacocca,” Lutz added. “All in all, we had a relationship like a father and son.”
Ford Australia Tweeted, “With a heavy heart, we thank Lee Iacocca – who has passed away at age 94 – for bringing the Ford Mustang to the world. He changed the motoring landscape with the introduction of an icon, and in doing so became an automotive icon himself. Thank you, Lee.”
As I began my career in 1979, Lee A. Iacocca, was the visionary automaker who ran the Ford Motor Company and then the Chrysler Corporation. Yesterday he passed to the big garage in the sky. May he rest in peace.
— Dr. Andy Palmer (@AndyatAston) July 3, 2019
Two quick memories of Lee Iacocca. I saw him in the Detroit airport once — charismatic. And his book? It quickly sold like 600,000 copies. And Lee — who knew cars, but not the publishing industry — said, “Is that good?” Bill Buckley loved that story.
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) July 3, 2019