John R. “Jack” Congdon Sr., a longtime member of the board of directors at Old Dominion Freight Line, has died at the age of 80 following a battle with cancer.
Congdon joined Old Dominion in 1951 and held various positions within the family business, up to and including senior vice president and vice chairman of the board of directors. He participated in the company’s growth through a number of geographic expansions and acquisitions with his knowledge of equipment management and dedicated logistics. Congdon also founded Old Dominion Truck Leasing, a Virginia-based equipment lessor.
“Jack Congdon is rightly considered a trailblazer within the trucking industry,” said David Congdon, Old Dominion’s president and CEO and Jack Congdon’s nephew, in a written statement. “In addition to founding Old Dominion Truck Leasing, he played an integral role in ensuring the success of Old Dominion Freight Line. A multitude of friends, family and colleagues at both companies mourn his loss.”