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Henry Wisdom Roden

Henry Wisdom Roden, business executive, author. member board of trustees The Nutrition Foundation, Inc., 1944-1947; member of advisory committee Annual Advertising Awards, 1942-1948 (chairman, 1946-1948).; Served as ensign United States Navy (naval aviator) 1917-1921; Member Cornell Alumni Fund Executive Committee, 1940-1943; Member Mystery Writers of America.

Background

  • Roden, Henry Wisdom was born on July 17, 1895 in Dallas, Texas, United States. Son of Charles A. and Laura (Wisdom) Roden.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Cornell Univercity, 1920.

    Career

    • Salesman, later division sales manager American Colortype Company, Chicago, 1920-1925. Partner McDonald Radio Company, Chicago, 1925-1927. Assistant manager Modess div., Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1927-1929, director baby products div., 1929-1935, vice president in charge of advertising and merchandising, 1936-1937, member board directors, 1934-1937.

      Also sales and advertising manager Harold H. Clapp, Inc. (baby food firm purchased by Johnson & Johnson), Rochester, New York, 1931-1933, president and general manager Harold H. Clapp, Inc., and Harold H. Clapp, Ltd. (Canada) (now subsidiary American Home Products Corporation), 1933-1947.

      Chairman advertising plans board American Home Products, Inc., 1942-1944, vice president, 1944-1947, member operations committee, 1944-1947, manager cosmetic div., as president Affiliated Products, Inc., 1945-1946. Chairman, Board Of Directors G. Washington Coffee Refining Company, Morris Plains, New Jersey (affiliated with American Home Products), 1943-1947. Vice president, later president, P. Duff and Sons, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1944-1947.

      President and chief Executive officer American Home Foods, Inc., 1944-1947. Business consultant Crown Zellerbach Corporation, San Francisco, 1951-1960. Chairman of the executive committee, director Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Quality Foods, Inc., 1945-1947.

      Former president and director Affiliated Products, Inc., and Affiliated Products (Canada) Ltd., Joseph Burnett Company (Boston), Heather Company, Louis Philippe, Inc. Former president Vida-Ray (Canada) Ltd. Former vice president Oxzyn Company, Oxzyn (Canada) Ltd.

      Former director Home Products International, Ltd. Public utility commissioner City of San Francisco, since 1960. Board of directors, Association National Advertisers, 1937-1945 (treasurer 1939, vice chairman 1940, chairman 1941), Grocery Manufacturers America, 1943-1946.

      Founder and member board directors Advertising Council, 1941-1944, 1946. Member board of trustees The Nutrition Foundation, Inc., 1944-1947. Member of advisory committee Annual Advertising Awards, 1942-1948 (chairman, 1946-1948).

    Works

    • Author: You Only Hang Once, 1944. Too Busy to Die, 1944. One Angel Less, 1945.

      Wake for a Lady, 1946. Crime on the Pegasus, 1947.

    Membership

    Member board of trustees The Nutrition Foundation, Inc., 1944-1947. Member of advisory committee Annual Advertising Awards, 1942-1948 (chairman, 1946-1948). Served as ensign United States Navy (naval aviator) 1917-1921.

    Member Cornell Alumni Fund Executive Committee, 1940-1943. Member Mystery Writers of America. Clubs: Stock Exchange, Olympic, Quill and Dagger, Manuscript, Book and Bowl, Masque, Savage, Sunday Night.

    Connections

    • Married Florence Finley, August 2, 1929 (deceased July 16, 1952). Married second, Lleslie Rockabrand, May 29, 1956.
    • father: Charles A. Roden
    • mother: Laura (Wisdom) Roden
    • spouses: Florence Finley
    • Lleslie Rockabrand
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    Born July 17, 1895
    Died March 10, 1963
    (aged 67)
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