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[$$] Dana Mead, Retired Army Colonel, Battled to Save Tenneco in the 1990s

An Army officer’s career, including service in Vietnam, taught Dana Mead to make tough choices quickly and live with the consequences. The retired colonel, who died Oct. 31 at the age of 82, drew on that experience as chief executive of Tenneco Inc. When he arrived in 1992, the conglomerate was struggling with so much debt that bankruptcy seemed possible.