Mr. Higginbottom also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University from 1982 until 1989, and was a University Trustee for four years prior to becoming Chairman. He received the school's Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement. Mr. Higginbottom served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL. Mr. Higginbottom was named an Honorary Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II and he received numerous industry awards.Mr. Mendelson added, "Sam was devoted to his family, including Jana, his wife of nearly 20 years, and Fair, his wife of almost 50 years who passed away in 1997. Sam was a wonderful father to S.L. Higginbottom, Fair Higginbottom and Rowan Maclaren and stepfather to Guilherme, Geana and Bruna Sieburger. He had 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Following Mr. Higginbottom's passing, the Company's Board consists of 10 members, 7 of whom are considered "independent" or "outside" directors under applicable New York Stock Exchange rules. HEICO Corporation is engaged primarily in the design, production, servicing and distribution of products and services to certain niche segments of the aviation, defense, space, medical, telecommunications and electronics industries through its Hollywood, Florida-based Flight Support Group and its Miami, Florida-based Electronic Technologies Group. HEICO's customers include a majority of the world's airlines and overhaul shops, as well as numerous defense and space contractors and military agencies worldwide, in addition to medical, telecommunications and electronics equipment manufacturers. For more information about HEICO, please visit our website at http://www.heico.com.
Contact:Laurans A. Mendelson(305) 374-1745