Former Firestone Exec, Board Member Dies

June 5, 2024

Former Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. executive Kimball Firestone has died. He was 90 years old.

The grandson of Harvey Firestone, he was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Leonard Firestone and Polly Curtis Firestone in 1933.

Leonard was president of Firestone's California division at the time.

After earning a degree from Stanford University, Kimball served in the U.S. Army and joined Firestone in 1964 at the company's Akron, Ohio, headquarters.

Starting in real estate and finance, he moved to Firestone's Washington D.C. government affairs office in 1969, becoming manager of government affairs the following year and then vice president of government relations in 1973.

Kimball served on Firestone's board from 1974 through 1988, when the company was acquired by Bridgestone Corp.

He also served as president of his family's Firestone Foundation from 1974 until 1983.

While an Akron resident, Kimball was active in a number of community organizations, including the Akron Child Guidance Center, the YMCA, Junior Achievement of Akron and other groups.

He continued his extensive community involvement after moving to Maryland, where he resided until his death.

Preceded by his parents and daughter, Kimberley, Kimball is survived by his daughter, Carey (Tim) Romer, and sons, William Curtis (Terrie) Firestone, Leonard (Nicole) Firestone and Christopher (Whitney) Firestone; Laurie Firestone; 13 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Funeral services take place on June 13 at 11 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick, Md.

Memorial donations may be made to the Downtown Frederick Partnership via