Louisiana Names Amoss Maritime Man Of The Year
W.J. Amoss Jr., prominent New Orleans steamship executive, has been named Louisiana's Maritime Man of the Year by the Past President's Council of The Propeller Club of New Orleans, it was announced by Roy J. Dupre, chairman of the selection committee. Mr. Amoss, who is president and a director of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., and vice president and a director of Lykes Corporation, was honored by The Propeller Club at the Maritime Day banquet at the Fairmont Hotel.
The Maritime Man of the Year Award was established in 1957 by The Propeller Club of New Orleans to recognize the individual Louisianian who has made the most significant contributions to the maritime industry of the state and nation.
A native of Lake Charles, La., and a graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Amoss joined the staff of Lykes in 1947, and following assignments in the U.S. and Europe, returned to New Orleans in 1963 to become vice president of traffic. He moved steadily up the executive ladder and was made president in 1973.
Since then, Mr. Amoss has played a particularly active role in the maritime affairs of the nation, and serves as one of the major spokesmen for the American merchant marine. He was recently elected chairman of the Liner Council of the American Institute of Merchant Shipping, and is also chairman of the board of the New Orleans Steamship Association.
Earlier this year, Mr. Amoss was the recipient of the C. Alvin Bertel Memorial Award for his efforts in promoting the interests and progress of the Port of New Orleans. The award was made by the Traffic and Transportation Bureau of New Orleans.
Mr. Amoss is also a director of the Hibernia National Bank of New Orleans, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1972, he was named distinguished alumnus from the class of 1947 by the Tulane University Graduate School of Business Administration.