ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former head of aerospace giant and defense contractor McDonnell Douglas Corp. has died.
Boeing Co., which bought McDonnell Douglas in 1997, says Sanford "Sandy" McDonnell died Monday at his suburban St. Louis home. He was 89.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that McDonnell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2010.
McDonnell was the nephew of McDonnell Aircraft founder James McDonnell. That company later merged with Douglas Aircraft Co. in 1967.
Sanford McDonnell was named the corporation's president in 1971 and CEO the following year. He became chairman in 1980 and retired in 1988.
A memorial service is planned for March 28 at the Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church.