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Engineer , Manufacturing company executive

Harry Tankus, Polish, American engineer, manufacturing company executive. Patentee in field in the United States and foreign countries. Decorated Purple Heart; recipient P.M. Ku award American Society Lubrication Engineers.


Tankus, Harry was born on August 23, 1921 in Bialystok, Poland. Came to United States, 1929, naturalized, 1929. Son of Isador and Sima (Siegel) Tankus.


Diploma in engineering, Armour Technology, 1942. Student, University Illinois, 1947. Graduate management course, University Chicago, 1966.


Inspection department head Buick division General Motors Company, Melrose Park, Illinois, 1942-1944. Specification engineer Crane Packing Company, Chicago, 1946-1953, chief engineer, 1953-1962, assistant vice president engineering Morton Grove, 1962-1964, assistant vice president seals sales and engineering, consultant, manager seal division, 1964-1971, vice president product sales, 1971-1976, president, 1976-1982. Chairman John Crane-Houdaille, Inc., 1982-1986.

Also director Crane Packing Company. Board directors Institute for Industrial Innovation through Tribology, since 1980, Illinois Right to Work Committee, Junior Engineering Technological Society in Illinois, 1981-1983, Educational Foundation. Board directors Oakton Community College Educational Foundation, since 1977, president, 1979-1982.


  • Patentee in field in the United States and foreign countries.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board dirs Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni, since 1980. Vice president university liaison Illinois Institute of Technology, 1986-1987. Member alumni board directors Alumni Council of 100, 1980-1982.

Member advisory board Niles Township Sheltered Workshop. Chairman National Conference Fluid Power. Chairman industrial division Crusade of Mercy-United Way of Skokie Valley, 1980.

Member presidential council Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Trustee Rush North Shore Medical Center, since 1981. Board directors United Way of Skokie Valley, 1981, general campaign chairman, 1981, vice president, 1982, president, 1983, Chicago United Way Crusade of Mercy, since 1985, Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, since 1987.

Board directors United Way Suburban Chicago, 1983. Served with United States Army, 1944-1946. Member Society Automotive Engineers (chairman seal program aerospace conference 1965), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society Metals, Western Society Engineers (certified of recognition), American Society Lubrication Engineers (president 1975-1976, P.M.KU award 1986), American Society Tool and Manufacturing Engineers, National Conference on Fluid Power (governor 1967, chairman 1970), American Society Testing and Materials (chairman subcommittee on carbongraphite 1965).

Clubs: Mason, Shriner, Moose, Rotary International.


Married Lila Beverly Lee, September 9, 1947. Children: Rolana, Ilyce.

Isador Tankus

Sima (Siegel) Tankus

Lila Beverly Lee

Rolana Tankus

Ilyce Tankus