In David Splane's talk, "Remain in the Secret Place of the Most High", at the 2010 District Convention he referred to "Rutherford, a prominent member of the Governing Body".
While technically correct (the governing body is a technical term for a board of directors), the term "governing body" currently has a spiritual meaning, seperate from "board of directors", in the eyes of JWs: the representatives of the faithful and discreet slave who make the decisions on spiritual matters. My understanding is that the "board of directors" handle other business/legal operations (since the 80s re-org).
Please correct my if I am wrong, but retroactively applying the modern-day understanding of the term "governing body" to the board of directors in the Rutherford/Knorr era suggests that the board of directors had equal input on spiritual matters. My understanding though is that the President/Vice-president made the majority of decisions on spiritual matters during that time.
Does anyone know of any quotes or references from Watchtower material that states who actually made the spiritual decisions during the Rutherford/Knorr era?