Jerry Lyle PETTIS, Congress, CA (1916-1975)


PETTIS, Jerry Lyle, (husband of Shirley Neil Pettis), a Representative from California; born in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Ariz., July 18, 1916; received elementary and secondary education in Arizona and California; graduated from Pacific Union College, Angwin, Calif., in 1938; engaged in graduate work at the University of Southern California and the University of Denver in 1939-1941; founder of Magnetic Tape Duplicators of Los Angeles; founder of Audio-Digest Foundation, a subsidiary of California Medical Association; founder of a consultant firm for radio, television, and the motion picture industry; flight instructor, search and rescue pilot, Colorado Wing CAP; as pilot with Air Transport Command, Pacific Theater, 1941-1946; professor of economics; vice president for development and chairman of the Board of Councilors, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif., 1948-1961; special assistant to the president of United Air Lines, Chicago, Ill.; ranch owner in Pauma Valley, Calif.; elected as a Republican to the Ninetieth Congress; reelected to the four succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1967, until his death February 14, 1975, in a private aircraft crash in Banning, Calif.; interment in Montecito Memorial Park, San Bernardino, Calif.


Wood, Miriam. Congressman Jerry L. Pettis: His Story. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Publishing Assocation, 1977.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present



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