Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sines, Guerdon Sterling Vice President of the Union Pacific Railroad - (Retired). December 26

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sines, Guerdon Sterling Vice President of the Union Pacific Railroad - (Retired). December 26

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Sines, Guerdon Sterling Vice President of the Union Pacific Railroad (retired). December 26, 1928 August 27, 2014 Guerdon Sines was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 26, 1928 to Bernard Sines (of Rochester, NY) and Philomena Conway Sines (of Waseca, MN). Guerdon spent many of his younger years living in the East Bay of California before moving to Tucson, Arizona and then to Ogden, Utah where he graduated from Ogden High School in 1947, He was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1951 and was a proud member of the B- Squad football team. Lieutenant Sines served in the 82nd Airborne and in later years, was known for regaling his family and friends with the finer nuances of jumping out of airplanes and demonstrating this by jumping off his back deck and showing all how to roll correctly once contact was made with the ground. During the Korean Conflict, Lieutenant Sines was the Company Commander of I Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Second Division. Lieutenant Sines was the first in his class from West Point to receive a battlefield promotion and the Bronze Star for valor after engaging in a significant enemy conflict just two weeks after his arrival in Korea. Sines went on to be later wounded and earned the Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre medals. After leaving the service, Sines began work at the Southern Pacific Railroad and from 1963 - 1966 was in charge of the joint SP-IBM TOPS project which revolutionized the railroad industry by computerizing and automating their systems. He went on to the New York Central RR, Penn Central RR, and the Missouri Pacific RR to direct their information and control systems also. In 1983, Mr. Sines was appointed Vice President Information & Communication Systems for the Union Pacific Railroad, a position he previously held at the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Guerdon Sines was known in the RR business for his effective leadership skills. Family members are proud of the numerous women executives who had contacted them over the years to thank Mr. Sines for his willingness to promote females and break the gender glass ceiling as well as deal firmly with harassment claims in the days well before sexual harassment was even codified. …

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