Ben Nutter Retires- Port Of Oakland Appoints Abernathy

Ben E. Nutter, who has done more than anyone else to build the Port of Oakland into a leading containerport of worldwide importance, recently announced at a meeting of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners that he would retire as executive director on July 1, 1977.

The Port Board announced at the same time the appointment of Walter A. Abernathy, deputy executive director, to succeed him.

Mr. Nutter has been at the Port of Oakland for more than 20 years and has been its executive director since 1962. During that period, the Port of Oakland has developed ocean shipping facilities to grow from a mid-sized general cargo facility to the fifth largest containerport in the world.

Mr. Abernathy has worked as Mr. Nutter's chief assistant since 1966, and as deputy executive director since 1970. He came to the Port in 1964, as public relations director, from the staff of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. He was on the advertising staff of the Standard Oil Company, served in the U.S. Army and received a degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University.

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