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April 25, 2001


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DALLAS (SMU) -- Don Carty, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, will give the address May 19 at Southern Methodist University's 86th annual commencement ceremony.

"As a leader in the worldwide airline industry, Don Carty operates on a global scale daily," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "He brings an important perspective to our graduating class as they set their own aspirations for careers, citizenship and service in the shrinking world of the 21st century. We are honored to have Mr. Carty for our commencement speaker."

Donald J. Carty became chairman, president, and chief executive officer of AMR Corporation on May 20, 1998, after serving as president of AMR Airline Group and American Airlines since March 15, 1995. Prior to becoming chairman, Carty was the company's principal airline executive, responsible for all operational elements of the American and American Eagle domestic and international route systems.

Before joining American, Carty spent seven years in various management positions with Celanese Canada, Ltd., Air Canada and the Canadian Pacific Railway. Carty was American's senior vice president and controller before leaving the airline in March 1985 to become president and CEO of CP Air in Canada. In March of 1987, he returned to American and was elected senior vice president-airline planning. Between 1989 and 1995, Carty was executive vice president-finance and planning for AMR and American Airlines.

Carty is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He serves on the boards of directors of Dell Computer Corporation, Brinker International and Sears, Roebuck and Co. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, as well as the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and the SMU Cox School of Business Executive Board. He also is a member of the Dallas Citizens Council. Carty and his wife, Ana, live in Dallas.

The universitywide commencement ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Moody Coliseum. SMU will award about 1,800 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Diplomas will be presented at individual school or departmental ceremonies throughout the day.