Everett H. Strobel

Everett H. Strobel, age 94, passed away suddenly on May 2nd 2013.

He was the only child of Thelma and Clarence J. Strobel. Mr. Strobel was born June 2nd 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan where he was educated through high school. He graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was then awarded a teaching fellowship at the University of Akron by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company leading to a Master of Science degree in rubber chemistry. Later he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

After receiving his degree from the University of Akron and working for a short time in the general laboratories at Firestone, he volunteered for active duty in the Army where he rose to the rank of major. When he returned to Akron after the war, he elected to go into plant production. From 1948, he worked as plant manager at Firestone factories in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Des Moines, Iowa and Akron, Ohio. Next he became Vice-President of Production for the Firestone International Company.Then in 1970, he was made corporate Vice-President of Tire Manufacturing, a position he held until his retirement December 31, 1978.

In Argentina, Mr. Strobel was involved in the Lomas de Zamora Chamber of Commerce and Commander of the Spencer Ely Post #1, the southern most American Legion post in the world. Later in Des Moines, he was active in the Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, Junior Achievement and youth baseball and football. Prior to retirement, he was member of the College of Engineering Advisory Committee of Ohio State University and of the Education Advisory Committee of the University of Akron. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Akron Automobile Club before and after his retirement.

In Akron, Mr. Strobel was parishioner of St. Bernard Catholic Church and in North Palm Beach of St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Lois, two sons; Gray H. and Eric C., eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to; Lost Tree Charitable Foundation, North Palm Beach, Florida, St. Paul of the Cross Church, North Palm Beach, Florida or the .

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 12, 2013