Old Dominion Announces Passing of Jack Congdon
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2013) – John R. “Jack” Congdon, Sr., pioneer in truck leasing and longtime member of the Board of Directors at Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., has died following a battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.
Jack Congdon joined Old Dominion in 1951, and has held numerous positions within the company, up to and including Senior Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Jack Congdon is also the founder of Old Dominion Truck Leasing, a Virginia based corporation primarily engaged in the full-service leasing of tractors, trailers and other equipment.
“Jack Congdon is rightly considered a trailblazer within the trucking industry. In addition to founding Old Dominion Truck Leasing, he played an integral role in ensuring the success of Old Dominion Freight Line,” said David Congdon, Old Dominion’s president and CEO and Jack Congdon’s nephew. “A multitude of friends, family and colleagues at both companies mourn his loss.”
After serving in the U.S. Army as a military policeman, Jack Congdon returned to join his mother and older brother, Earl Congdon Jr., to build the family business, Old Dominion Freight Line. Jack participated in growing the company through a number of geographic expansions and acquisitions with his extensive knowledge of equipment management and dedicated logistics.
He is preceded in death by Natalie Neblett Congdon, his wife of 58 years and survived by their three children, Susan Terry, John Congdon Jr. and Jeff Congdon. He is also survived by his older brother, Earl Congdon, in addition to eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODFL) is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free company providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL service. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers its customers a broad range of logistics services including ground and air expedited transportation, supply chain consulting, transportation management, truckload brokerage, container delivery and warehousing. In addition, Old Dominion offers a consumer product for household moving: OD Household Services. Through strategic partnerships, the Company also offers international freight forwarding services throughout the world. OD consistently has one of the lowest claims ratio and best time on-time records in the industry. For more than 79 years, Old Dominion has been helping the world keep promises.
In 2013, Old Dominion was recognized with the following acknowledgements for company leadership in the industry: