Smither's Chairman Herman Hochschwender dies

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Herman Hochschwender, chairman of Smithers Scientific Services, died April 28 in Naples, Fla. He was 85.

In 1959, he founded his own consulting firm Hochschwender & Associates and, in 1972, acquired Smithers Laboratories to form Smithers Scientific Services Inc. in Akron, Ohio, where he served as chief executive officer and later chairman of the board until his death.

He was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on March 1, 1920, and came to the U.S. in 1930, moving to Akron in 1944 where he lived most of his life.

His professional career spanned several years in the private industrial sector with Sargent & Co. in New Haven, Conn.; the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron; and Mohawk Rubber Co. of New York.

He was a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

He authored a number of articles and papers on testing, research and management subjects related to the rubber and plastics and supplier industries, and addressed numerous technical and lay groups on a variety of subjects in his fields of expertise.

He was active and honored for his work with his community and in 1994 he was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Mary "Bo" Koger; children Lynn Anne McGowin, Herman "Ted" Hochschwender Jr., Irene Harris, James Hochschwender, J. Michael Hochschwender and Patricia Mosely; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Akron General Development Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307, or to the Women’s Auxiliary Board, Akron City Hospital, 525 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44303.

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