Fifty years ago today, July 20, 1967
The newly named secretary of the Navy, business executives, their wives and at least 10 children were among 82 persons killed in the flaming collision of a big jet airliner and a small private plane. John T. McNaughton, 46, who was scheduled to become secretary of the Navy in about two weeks; his wife, Sarah, and their 11-year-old son, Theodore, were aboard the airline.
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Local Crash Victim
A former sales representative and resident of Columbus was among the Piedmont Airlines crash victims. Arnold Morgan of Birmingham, Ala., brother of Mrs. Roy M. Johnson, 4908 Boyd Dr., was listed among the dead. His wife, Mrs. Dorothy Wallace Morgan, formerly taught in the Muscogee County School System. The couple had two children.
Ground was to be broken today on the Georgia Tech campus for the first women’s dormitory at the school. The new dormitory will cost $3 million and initially house 60 women students.