Ralph, Mary Helen and Ray Render started the Northwest Airlines Render family tradition:
Ray and his brother Ralph learned to fly in Bloomington, Illinois in the late 1930s and were both NWA first officers in 1942, checking out as captains in May 1943. Their sister, Mary Helen, became a Northwest stewardess in October, 1945, after working as an RN at the Northwest Airlines Bomber Modification Center at Holman Field:
The Render Northwest Airlines tradition ultimately spans multiple generations: Ray and Ralph both married stewardesses, Ray to Frances Macagno and Ralph to Mary Lenore Campbell. Ralph’s daughter Susan was a NWA F/A. His son Tom, a retired NW/DL captain, and his wife Jane, a retired Northwest flight attendant, have a daughter Alexis, also a flight attendant for NWA and now Delta. Mary Helen Render has two daughters, Rita and Renee, both flight attendants for American and NW/DL respectively. All photos courtesy of Mike Render Cagley and Karen Render Carver. Photos of Susan, Jane and Alexis not available at time of posting.
Ray and Frances’ children, Mike and Connie, did not follow aviation careers. Sadly, Captain Ray Render lost his life on a check flight in a Martin 202 on October 13, 1950 when Mike was only 5 years old. See December, 2013 issue of Reflections for more about Northwest’s Martin 202 saga. Frances was devastated by the loss of her husband Ray and eventually married George Cagley, who adopted both Mike and Connie.