Robert Shoup Hower
September 15, 1919 - October 13, 2013
Robert Shoup Hower died on October 13, 2013. He was born September 15, 1919 in Osborn, Ohio, the son of Grace Marie Shoup Hower and Laurence Dunkle Hower.
Hower graduated from the Bath County Exempted Village School, Osborn, Ohio, in 1937 and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in 1941. In 1943 he married the former Harriet Elizabeth Watson of Old Fort, Ohio. Their marriage lasted until her death in February 2013, 70 years.
A veteran of World War II, Hower was a member of the US Army Air Corps assigned to the Power Plant Laboratory at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. As a graduate ceramic engineer, he helped develop our nation's first gas turbine jet engines for fighter aircraft. His work focused on the development of high temperature ceramic materials as substitutes for metals which could not withstand jet engine environments. He earned a Masters Degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois while in the service.
On leaving the military in 1946, Hower was employed by Harbinson Walker Refractories Co. in Pittsburgh, and then GE in Schenectady, New York under Dr. Lewis Navis. Upon leaving GE, he joined the Allen Bradley Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to develop a commercial line of ceramic capacitors.
Hower moved to Myrtle Beach in 1960 as Engineering Manager at Aerovox (now AVX Ceramics) and was responsible for design and development of their capacitor products. In 1971 he became Director of Research and Development, establishing a state of the art research laboratory. In latter years Hower was instrumental in transferring the technical aspects of the capacitor industry to Kirosearo of Japan.
After his retirement, Hower used his professional skills to promote ethical business practices in Myrtle Beach. He actively promoted usage of Rotary's Four Way Test and was instrumental in establishing Myrtle Beach's Score Chapter and Better Business Bureau. He was recipient of the Small Business Administration's Platinum award for volunteerism and the SunNew's Volunteer of the Year award. Hower was an active member of the Myrtle Beach First United Methodist Church for 53 years., serving as the North Campus unofficial handyman for many years.
Hower was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence D. Hower.
Surviving are three children: Elizabeth Ann Hower of York Springs, Pa., Sandra Marie Currin and husband Jerry of Durham, North Carolina and Robert Thomas Hower and wife Marilyn of Marion, Va.; 7 grandchildren: Aaron and Thomas Willard, Elizabeth Gillespie, Katherine Vriesema, Carolyn Currin, and Layton and Fleet Hower; eight great grandchildren: Robert, Samuel and Tobias Willard, Benjamin and Andrew Willard, Lydia and Abigail Vriesema, Max Gillespie and Otis Hower.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 3:00pm on October 20th, 2013. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Please sign a guestbook at watsonfuneralservices.com.
Watson Funeral Services and Crematory, 2300 Hwy 378, Conway, SC is serving the family.
Published in The Sun News on Oct. 16, 2013