John R. Arwood, who served as president and CEO of Trans Freight Lines and chairman of Kirk Line during a long transportation career, died June 2 in Charlotte, N.C. He was 80.
Mr. Arwood founded TFL, a trans-Atlantic carrier, in 1976 and headed it until P&O Containers acquired control of the company in 1987.
He later headed Caribbean carrier Kirk Line and also was president and CEO of Hydrolines Inc., a high-speed passenger ferry service in the New York area, and East Coast motor carriers TFX Inc. and Wicker Services. Earlier in his career, he worked at Sea-Land Service and Seatrain Lines.
In 1988, Mr. Arwood founded the Maritime Security Council, which brought together the maritime transportation industry and the U.S. Customs Service in the effort to prevent drug smuggling aboard commercial vessels.
Survivors include his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.