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Manufacturing company executive

Douglas Dewitt Danforth, American manufacturing executive. Trustee Carnegie Mellon University, Allegheny Conference, Syracuse University; Member Duquesne (Pittsburgh), Laurel Valley (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), Rolling Rock (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), Club at Pelican Bay, Hole in the Wall (Naples, Florida).

Background

Danforth, Douglas Dewitt was born on September 25, 1922 in Syracuse, New York, United States. Son of Dewitt Ward and Ruth Cordellia (Ward) Danforth.

Education

Student, Fenn College, Cleveland, 1940-1941;Biomedical Engineering, Syracuse University, 1947.

Career

Superintendent planning, Easy Washer Machine Company, Syracuse, New York, 1942-1946;vice president, general manager in Mexico, International General Electric Company, 1947-1953;plant manager, General Electric Company, Baltimore, 1953-1955;president, Industria Electrica De Mexico, 1956-1961;vice president, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1962-1965;group vice president, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1965-1969;executive vice president, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1969-1974;president, Industry Products Company, Westinghouse, 1974-1978;vice chairman, chief operating officer, Industry Products Company, Westinghouse, 1978-1983;chairman, chief Executive officer, Industry Products Company, Westinghouse, 1983-1988;chairman, chief Executive officer, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club, 1988-1992. Board directors Travelers, American European Association, Sola Corporation, Rubatex Corporation.

Membership

Trustee Carnegie Mellon University, Allegheny Conference, Syracuse University. Member Duquesne (Pittsburgh), Laurel Valley (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), Rolling Rock (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), Club at Pelican Bay, Hole in the Wall (Naples, Florida).

Connections

Married Janet Mae Piron, May 15, 1943. Children: Barbara Lee Danforth Osburn, Susan Jean Danforth Sutcliffe, Debra Lynn and Douglas Dewitt (twins).

father:
Dewitt Ward Danforth

mother:
Ruth Cordellia (Ward) Danforth

spouse:
Janet Mae Piron

child:
Barbara Lee Danforth Osburn Danforth

child:
Susan Jean Danforth Sutcliffe Danforth

child:
Debra Lynn and Douglas Dewitt Danforth (twins)