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chemical company executive

William Kenneth Eastham, American chemical company executive. Served with United States Army, 1940-1945. Member of the Chamber of Commerce United States (director), Veterans of 7th Regiment Clubs: Racine Country, Burning Tree; Metropolitan (Washington).

Background

Eastham, William Kenneth was born on December 30, 1917 in Mineola, New York, United States. Son of William and Alice (Watson) Eastham.

Education

Student, American Institute Banking, 1938. Student, New York University, 1948. Graduate Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1954.

Career

Teller American Bank for Savings, New York City, 1935-1939. Assistant advertising manager Whitehall Pharmaceutical division American Home Products Company, 1945-1951. Brand manager Soap division.

Advertising manager Good Luck division. Advertising manager Pepsodent division Lever Brothers Company, New York City, 1951-1959. Assistant to president American Home Products Company.

Executive vice president division Boyle Midway, 1959-1964. Vice president division household products South Carolina Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin, 1964-1967, executive vice president United States operations, 1967-1971, executive vice president United States and European operations, 1971-1972, president, chief operating officer, 1972-1979, president, chief executive officer, 1979-1980, vice chairman, 1980-1983, retired, 1983. Director, chairman executive committee Environmental Diagnostics, Inc., since 1985.

Director Meredith Corporation, Heritage Racine Corporation, Kohler Company.

Membership

Served with United States Army, 1940-1945. Member of the Chamber of Commerce United States (director), Veterans of 7th Regiment Clubs: Racine Country, Burning Tree. Metropolitan (Washington).

Connections

Married Dorothy Brush, March 25, 1942 (deceased December 1979). Children: Gale Eastham Shadrick, Nancy Eastham Kaydo. Married Robin J. Ehrlich, November 6, 1980.

father:
William Eastham

mother:
Alice (Watson) Eastham

spouse:
Dorothy Brush

spouse:
Robin J. Ehrlich

child:
Gale Eastham Shadrick Eastham

child:
Nancy Eastham Kaydo Eastham