John A. Howard, the long-time chief operating officer for Magruder Color Corporation, passed away on Nov. 6, 2001 in Florida. He was 80 years old.
Mr. Howard joined Magruder Color as COO in 1961, when the Weissglass family acquired the company from Robert Magruder. Allan Weissglass, Magruder Color’s president and CEO, credited Mr. Howard with much of the company’s success over the years.
“John was a truly remarkable man who helped guide us from a small dry color manufacturer in Staten Island to become an international, independent manufacturer of dry, flush and fluorescent colors,” Mr. Weissglass said. “He played very hard, and he worked very hard.” Among his hobbies were golf and gin rummy.
“He was the best salesman I ever met in my life, and a truly dynamic person,” added Frank Giasemedis, Magruder Color’s technical director. “He was very instrumental in getti
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