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Vera Paktor

In her too-short life, Vera Paktor reached unprecedented heights for a woman in maritime law, forging regulations for new developments in the shipping industry. Paktor earned a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1972 and a certification in maritime law in 1981. As contributing editor for Seaway Review, she wrote more than a hundred articles on merchant marine policies and maritime legislation. In 1977 she was appointed a vice president of Great Lakes and European Lines, the youngest corporate officer in the field, and the first woman. She went on to serve as first female district director of the Federal Maritime Commission from 1978–1981. She created Communicore Inc., a PR firm for maritime issues, and served as executive vice president of the United States Great Lakes Shipping Association. In 1982 she became the first female president of the Propeller Club, a trade organization for maritime executives. She was instrumental in writing the 1985 Maritime Act, and her 1992 Federal Regulations and the Freight Forwarders was the first manual for ships dealing with freight forwarding—the networking and logistics of shipping goods on behalf of others.

Topics: Law, Journalism

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