Emerson F. McLeod, 97, Managed Airline Station

Emerson Francis Thayer McLeod, former manager of Northeast Airlines at Martha's Vineyard airport, died on Jan. 12 of complications from pulmonary disease. He died at the Tidewell Hospice Center in Bradenton, Fla.

Emerson was born in Quincy on August 19, 1909 to Mr. and Mrs. Alton McLeod. He was a direct descendent of Ralph Waldo Emerson and of the founding family of Thayer Academy in Braintree.

Mac, as he was known on the Island, was a graduate of North Quincy High School, later worked at Dennison Airport, and went on to a career with Northeast Airlines. He was asked to open the station for Northeast at the former Naval Air Station on Martha's Vineyard. He spent many years there, and later saw Northeast merge with Delta.

After his retirement from Delta on March 25, 1970 he worked for Air New England, and was director of training and security at Logan International Airport.

Emerson was a great historian and train buff who was happiest with six to eight books going at once. He loved his Scottish heritage and wearing his kilt and all the attire that goes with it. He and his wife, Pat, spent many vacations at their small family farm on the shores of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There he could attend all the Scottish events and ride the trains that were still taking passengers to and from the small towns and cities.

His passion for trains went back to his family roots. His father, who was an engineer on the Boston-New Haven run, retired after 50 years with the railroad.

Emerson was a past member of the Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard and St. Andrew's Society of Sarasota, Fla., was a past commander of the American Legion Post 186 of Edgartown, and a disabled veteran of World War II. He was an active member of the Orangedale Railroad Station Association in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Patricia Kelly of Edgartown; his only sibling, Ralph W. of South Weymouth, Mass. (who played for the Boston Braves and Saint Paul baseball teams); his niece Beverly St. Pierre and her husband Jim of South Weymouth; a nephew, Robert McLeod and his wife Carol of Eugene, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to any hospice center of your choice.