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abrasives manufacturing company executive

Robert Cushman, American abrasives manufacturing company executive.


Cushman, Robert was born on April 29, 1916 in Winchester, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Norman Locke and Madeline (Porter) Cushman.


Graduate, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1935. Bachelor, Dartmouth, 1939.


Salesman Gulf Oil Corporation, 1939-1944. With Norton Company, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1944-1985, vice president, general manager abrasive division, 1961-1967, executive vice president, 1967-1971, president, chief executive officer, 1971-1979, chairman, chief executive officer, 1979-1980, chairman, 1980-1985, also director. Director Houghton-Mifflin Company, State Mutual Life Assurance Company American, Hanover Insurance Company, Instron Corporation, Paine Webber, Inc., Massachusetts Bay Insurance Company.

Vice chairman Polish-United States Economic Council, 1974-1980. Member Czechoslovak-United States Economic Council, 1976-1979.


Corporator Worcester Boys Club, Worcester Natural History Society. Member Community Services, Inc., Worcester County. Chairman United Negro College Fund.

Director Massachusetts division American Cancer Society, 1970-1975. Honorary board directors Worcester Children's Theatre, Mohegan council Boy Scouts American. Member Massachusetts Board Regents of Higher Education.

Trustee, past president board Shepherd Knapp School, Boylston, Massachusetts. Past trustee Worcester Rehabilitation Center. Trustee, chairman board Worcester Foundation Experimental Biology.

Trustee New England Aquarium, Boston, Worcester Polytech. Institute; chairman Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Board overseers Old Sturbridge Village, Amos Tuck School Business Administration, 1975-1981, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1973-1979.

Board directors Associate Industries Massachusetts, Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc. Member Massachusetts Society Mayflower Descendants, Research Institute American, International Sales and Marketing Executives, Business Roundtable, Theta Delta Chi. Clubs: Dartmouth (past president Worcester County), Tatnuck Country, Worcester, Laurel Brook, Black Brook Salmon, Worcester Fire Society, Anglers of New York.

Wyndemere Country (Naples, Florida). Windermere Island (The Bahamas).


Married Mary Shorey, July 26, 1940. Children: Mary Allerton Cushman Higgins, Louise Gibbs Cushman Paquette.

Norman Locke Cushman

Madeline (Porter) Cushman

Mary Shorey

Mary Allerton Cushman Higgins Cushman

Louise Gibbs Cushman Paquette Cushman