Bethlehem Announces Promotions —John Estes To Beaumont Yard —Sherman Perry To Singapore Yard

The promotions, effective May 1, of John C. Estes and Sherman C. Perry to general managers of Bethlehem Steel Corporation shipyards were announced in Bethlehem, Pa., by William C. Brigham, vice president in charge of shipbuilding.

Mr. Estes will become general manager of the Beaumont, Texas, shipyard and Mr.

Perry will become president and general manager of Bethlehem Singapore Private Limited. Mr. Estes will succeed Ralph A.

Leaf, whose retirement has been announced.

Mr. Perry will succeed Mr. Estes as president and general manager of the shipyard in Singapore.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Estes received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas in 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy from November 1943 to June 1946 and again from February 1952 to December 1953, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Starting his career in shipbuilding in 1946, Mr. Estes joined Bethlehem Steel in 1949 at the Beaumont facility as a design engineer. After he returned to the yard in December 1953 from naval duty, he became assistant chief of design in 1954 and chief of design in 1958. About V/o years later he became chief engineer, and in November 1971 he was named assistant to general manager of the Beaumont Yard.

Two years later, Mr. Estes was appointed president and general manager of Bethlehem's shipyard in Singapore.

He is a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

Mr. Perry, a native of White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., joined Bethlehem Steel in 1942 at its former Fairfield, Md., shipyard, where hundreds of Liberty ships were produced during World War II.

He was transferred to the corporation's shipyard at Sparrows Point, Md., in 1945, where he worked with planning activities.

He became a supervisor in production planning in 1951, and then held various management positions in the yard, becoming assistant general superintendent in 1968. A year later, he was transferred to the Baltimore Yards as assistant chief planner.

In 1971, Mr. Perry was assigned to the Singapore facility as assistant to general manager and was promoted to assistant general manager in 1975, the position he held until his appointment as president and general manager of the Singapore Yard.

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