Louis W. Menk
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Louis W. Menk
Louis Wilson Menk
BornApril 8, 1918
DiedNovember 27, 1999(1999-11-27) (aged 81)
OccupationRailway executive

Louis Wilson Menk (April 8, 1918 - November 23, 1999) was an American railway worker and executive. He served as the last president of Northern Pacific Railway 1966-1970, before the railroad was merged into Burlington Northern Railroad,and the first president and second chairman of Burlington Northern.[2] Menk was also selected as Modern Railroads (now Railway Age) Man of the Year for 1967, an award that has continued annually and is now known as Railroader of the Year.

Early life

Menk was the son of Louis Albert and Daisy Deane (Frantz) Menk. He married Martha Jane Swan on May 30, 1942. They had two children, David Louis and Barbara Ann.

Menk attended University of Denver, and Harvard Business School's six-week Advanced Management Program. He received honorary LL.D. degrees from Northwestern University (1959), Drury College (1965), University of Denver (1966), and Monmouth College.



Chicago, Burlington and Quincy; Colorado and Southern; Northern Pacific Transport; Cuyuna Realty; Monad Company; Association of American Railroads; First National Bank of Chicago; American Investment Company; Servomation Corporation; First Trust of St. Paul; Hunt Foods; General Mills; Brown Shoe Company.

Community Involvement

Clubs: St. Paul; Metro; Improvement Commission Greater St. Paul United Fund; Upper Midwest Development Council; St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce; Government Council on Executive Reorganization; Advisory Committee, Minnesota Department of Economic Development; Transportation Center, Northwestern University; Chicago Area Council; Boy Scouts of America; Indianhead Committee; Summit School; Minnesota Club of St. Paul; St. Paul Athletic Club; Somerset Country Club; Transportation Club of St. Paul; Traffic Club of Minnesota; Traffic Club of Chicago; Union League of Chicago; Glen View Country Club; Chicago Club; Noonday; Bellerive Country Club; Masons; Presbyterian.[3]


Louis Menk papers, 1953-1981.

Correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, memorabilia, printed matter, and related papers documenting the career of this railroad executive who was president of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company (1962-1965), the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company (1965-1966), the Northern Pacific Railway Company (1966-1970), and Burlington Northern Inc. (1970-1978, and chairman 1978-1981). He was also one of the principal architects of the 1970 merger that created the Burlington Northern; 21.5 cu ft (0.61 m3). (18 boxes and 4 microfilm reels).


  • Menk, Louis W. A Railroad Man Looks At America; Excerpts from the Speeches of Louis W. Menk. No place: privately published, n.d. [circa 1974].


  1. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-11-23/news/9911280216_1_largest-rail-networks-international-harvester-union-pacific
  2. ^ Louis Menk,former BN Chairman,Dies
  3. ^ Osthoff, Frederick C (1968). Who's Who in Railroading in North America. New York: Simmons-Boardman. p. 341.
Preceded by
President of St. Louis-San Francisco Railway
1962 – 1966
Succeeded by
Jack W. Gilliland
Preceded by
Robert Stetson Macfarlane
President of Northern Pacific Railway
1966 – 1970
Burlington Northern Railroad merger
Preceded by
Stuart T. Saunders (PRR)
Modern Railways magazine
Man of the Year

Succeeded by
William B. Johnson (IC)

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