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Roger and Dick Newpher considering a part they were manufacturing at Glastic Inc. circa early 50's

 

Roger had a great gusto for living. There was always something new to try, and spurred on by a family of high achievers, he tried them.

 

He graduated from MIT in 1934 and started working for Union Carbide in New York City. Union Carbide moved him to Cleveland, Ohio where he met future business partner, James T. Lewis.

 

When he moved to Cleveland he worked in the steel industry and socially was part of the Gold Coasters, a small men's group. One of his projects there was building a sailing kyack kit along with his friend, Dick Newpher. They were unimpressed with the finished product, it was flimsy, so they redesigned it, and when they were finished they had a boat that could sail rings around the conventional sailing craft at Mentor Harbor Yatch Club, Mentor, Ohio, where they were members.

 

In those days Roger was also an avid camper, sailor and aviator. In 1944 he worked on the Manhattan Project which produced the first atomic bomb, and in 1945 he married Anne White. And they had two sons, Roger Jr. and Jonathan, and six grandchildren.

 

In 1946 he started Glastic Corporation, South Euclid, Ohio, with Dick Newpher, and moved from working in the steel industry to the then high-tech fiberglass industry. He became a leader in this field, producing numerous technical conference papers, trade journal articles and a text book on reinforced plastics. For instance, Roger's work produced smaller insulators which helped reduce the size of electric motors leading to the proliferation of small motors that help us every day.

 

Mentor Harbor Yacht Club, where Roger was an avid sailor.

 

Roger was active socially in Cleveland, joining the Cleveland Skating Club. He was a good tennis player and curler; learned to ski and he learned to snorkle, so vacation time took the family north, south, east and west. In the Bahamas he found a new sport in addition to snorkleing: hunting sharks with a bow and arrow while perched on the front of an outboard boat that was chasing the shark around sandy shallows.

 

An I-21.
Roger owned this one in the 50's and raced it on weekends. He liked it because it was sturdy lead keel-based boat that could handle Lake Erie's often rough water better than a center-board based sailboat of similar size.

 

He also took after his sister, Margaret Bourke-White, and was an accomplished photographer and cinematographer.

 

In 1968 he sold out of Glastic, but he stayed active in business. He became Chairman of Lauren Manufacturing Company, New Philadelphia, Ohio, which made extruded rubber products for the car industry, window sealers for skyscrapers, and other sealers for the Alaskan Pipeline. He founded another major manufacturing business, Pultrusions Corp., Aurora, Ohio which made "pultruded" fiberglass products. Their products were used for overhead racks on buses, and flag poles for bicycles.

 

In 1976 he married Bonnie Crislip who gave Roger 4 stepchildren, Jeffery D. Crislip, Richard E. Crislip, Sandra L. Fults, and Linda B. Crislip.

 

By 1980 he retired from business but continued to help people get things organized. Ten years earlier he had learned to play the chess-like game called Go which is widely played in the Far East, and now he worked with the American Go Association of New York City, NY, promoting the playing of Go in the United States.

 

In 1980 he tried another new thing, traveling around the US and Canada in an RV and he liked it so much that he joined a Mexico Caravanas tour group spent 4 weeks in Mexico.. Roger lived a full life and enjoyed every minute of it.

 

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