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Raymond Christy Firestone

Male
b. 6 September 1908, d. 9 September 1994


Father Harvey Samuel Firestone1 b. 20 December 1868, d. 7 February 1938
Mother Idabelle Smith1 b. 10 November 1873, d. 7 July 1954
Pop-up Pedigree

Family 1 Laura An Lisk d. 1960
Marriage* 1934  Principal=Laura An Lisk6 
Children  1. Christy An Firestone b. c 1938
  2. Judith An Firestone b. 18 Jun 1939

Family 2 Jane Allen Messler b. 2 June 1911
Marriage* circa 1962  Principal=Jane Allen Messler6 

Birth* 6 September 1908  Akron, Summit Co., OH1,2,3 
Census* 1910  1910 Federal Census, Ohio, Summit County, Akron Ward 2, ED: 128, Series: T624, Roll: 1233, Page: 137B, April 15
Sheet 13B, 46 Fir Street
(enumerated with father, Harvey S Firestone)
74, 244, 257, Firestone, Raymond C, Son, M, W, 1 9/12, S, , , , Ohio, Ohio, Minnesota, , , , None, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,1 
Census 1920  1920 Federal Census, Ohio, Summit County, Akron Township, Akron, Ward 8, ED: 231, Series: T625, Roll: 1438, Page: 259A, January 13
Sheet 9A, West Market Street
(enumerated with father, Harvey Firestone)
19, 243, 185, Firestone, Raymond C, Son, , , M, W, 11, S, , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, Ohio, , Ohio, , Michigan, , Yes, None, , ,4 
Census 1930  1930 Federal Census, Ohio, Summit County, Akron Township, Akron, Ward 8, ED: 77-146, Series: T626, Roll: 1880, Page: 261B, April 10
Sheet 19B, Block 39, West Market Road, Harbel Manor
(enumerated with father, Harvey S Firestone)
90, 202, 203, Firestone, Raymond C, Son, , , , No, M, W, 21, S, , Yes, Yes, Ohio, Ohio, Minnesota, , 59, , , , , Yes, None, , , , , , No, ,5 
Marriage* 1934  Principal=Laura An Lisk6 
Marriage* circa 1962  Principal=Jane Allen Messler6 
SSN* 9 September 1994  Raymond C FIRESTONE
Birth Date: 6 Sep 1908
Death Date: 9 Sep 1994
Social Security Number: 414-09-9690
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Tennessee
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 44210
Localities: Bath, Summit, Ohio3 
Death* 9 September 1994  Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH3,6 
News/Obit 10 September 1994  Obituary,
Raymond Christy Firestone

Raymond Christy Firestone, 86, died Sept. 9, 1994.



He was born in and was a lifetime resident of Akron.



Mr. Firestone is survived by wife, Jane Allen; daughters, Christy An Gordon-Creed and Judith An Thiel, both of Camden, S.C.; stepdaughter, Eleanor Hunter of Pittsford, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and brother, Leonard K. Firestone of Palm Springs, Calif.



Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with Dr. Richard L. McCandless officiating. Interment at Columbiana Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Should friends desire,memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron 44313; Summa Health System, 525 E. Market St., Akron 44309; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44195; or Pegasus Farm, 7490 Edison St. N.E., Hartville 44632.(Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 867-4141.)




Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - September 10, 1994


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News/Obit 10 September 1994  Obituary,
HEART AILMENTS FATAL TO RAYMOND FIRESTONE 86-YEAR-OLD PHILANTHROPIST
WAS LAST FAMILY MEMBER TO RUN THE TIRE BUSINESS FOUNDED BY HIS FATHER

Unpretentious, not one to push himself on people, Raymond C. Firestone didn't fit the picture of the typical industrialist. For that, the people who knew him are grateful.


The last of the family to run the tire company founded by his father, Mr. Firestone died from heart ailments early yesterday at the Cleveland Clinic, losing a struggle of many years.


He was 86.


Family members and former employees remembered the sportsman and philanthropist yesterday as a man who took pride in his family name and worked hard to make sure Firestone remained a name worthy of respect.


"He was a great listener, never had to be the center of attention," said Robert W. Koch, a longtime family friend and Firestone's former vice president of purchasing.


Mr. Firestone, a longtime Bath resident and son of Harvey Firestone, was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic about three weeks ago.


His brother, Leonard, who lives in Rancho Mirage, Calif., spoke to him by phone on Monday, Mr. Firestone's birthday.


"I knew he recognized who it was because he said 'Hi Bo,' a name he used just between us," Leonard said. "That's the last thing he said to me."


The brothers, the middle of Harvey Firestone's six children, were extremely close throughout their lives, playing together on the family estate at Twin Oaks Drive and West Market Street, and later as members of the Princeton University polo team.


Leonard said their father taught them early the importance of philanthropy.


"We felt very fortunate that we were put where we were, and as a result, felt an obligation to help others because we were in a position to do it," he said.


The causes Raymond Firestone adopted were many; though characteristically, he didn't try to grab credit for his involvement. A partial list: Blossom Music Center, Weathervane Community Playhouse, Akron City Hospital, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Pegasus Farm, a therapeutic horseback riding program for disabled children.


Unlike many members of the family, Mr. Firestone stayed in the Akron area and put his money to work here.


This year, he gave Bath Township $85,000 for its new $4.5 million township office expansion.


Mr. Firestone's 1,500 acre estate, Lauray Farms, is located in the township. The farm's name is a combination of his first name and that of his first wife, Laura An, who died in 1960.


In 1987, Mr. Firestone sold most of Lauray Farms on generous terms to Ohio State University. Under the agreement, which amounted to a $3 million gift, the school gains possession of all but 150 acres of the farm upon Mr. Firestone's death. OSU said yesterday that it has not made plans for the property.


The agreement allows Jane Allen Firestone, Mr. Firestone's second wife, to retain the use of the house and grounds during the remainder of her lifetime.


Mr. Firestone retired from the tire industry as chairman of Firestone Tire & Rubber in 1976, having relinquished the title of chief executive officer in 1973.


He stepped down from the board of directors in January 1977, a point many in Akron remember as the company's apex.


In his 13 years as head of the company, the company's sales grew from $1.4 billion to $3.9 billion.


Executives who worked for Mr. Firestone said he had a strong interest in the sales side of the operation, especially how its network of company-owned stores performed.


"He was always supportive of the tumultuous changes that were required in the tire business in order for Firestone to remain a proactive company," said George Aucott, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc.


Since 1988, the company has been owned by Japan's Bridgestone Corp. Bridgestone/Firestone is now based in Nashville, Tenn.


Of the relocation, Mr. Firestone said: "Anything that happens to Akron that isn't good saddens me ... Of course, a lot of things change in this world today."


Mr. Firestone held a wide-ranging interest in sports. At the urging of Akron's Eddie Elias, founder of the Professional Bowlers Association, Firestone took over sponsorship of the Tournament of Champions in 1965. That relationship lasted until 1993.


Elias said at the time that company's relationship with bowling would prove more enduring than its ties to the Indianapolis 500 motor race, in which Mr. Firestone took a keen interest.


"I was joking, but it turned out I was right," Elias said yesterday. "We were partners in business ventures and friends and no matter where we were, his decorum never changed. He was always a gentleman," Elias said.


An avid golf fan, Mr. Firestone was honored this year at the NEC World Series of Golf Ambassador's Dinner for his service to the sport and to the community.


In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Firestone is survived by daughters Christy An Gordon-Creed and Judith An Thiel, both of Camden, S.C.; stepdaughter Eleanor Hunter of Pittsford, N.Y.; four grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.


Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron. Interment will be private at the Firestone family section of the Columbiana cemetery.


The family recommends any memorials be made to St. Paul's, Summa Health Systems, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation or Pegasus Farm.




Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - September 10, 1994


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News/Obit 11 September 1994  Obituary,

Deceased Name: Firestone was ex-Memphian
Raymond Firestone, the former chairman of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., who died Friday in Cleveland, was a former Memphian. He was 86.


Firestone, the son of company founder Harvey Firestone, became general manager of the Memphis plant in 1936 and later president of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. of Tennessee.


He moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1949 as vice president of research and development, then was named president of the entire company in 1957. He retired in 1973.




Appeared in The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) - September 11, 1994


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News/Obit 11 September 1994  Obituary,
RAYMOND C. FIRESTONE

Firestone, former chairman of the tire company founded by his father, Harvey S. Firestone, in 1900, died Friday in Cincinnati at age 86. Raymond Firestone served as chairman of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron from 1966 to 1976. He retired as a company director in 1977. Firestone went to work for his father's tire company in 1933. He became a company director in 1942 and its chief executive officer in 1963. Japan's Bridgestone Corp. acquired the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1988 for $2.6 billion.




Appeared in The Orlando Sentinel (FL) - September 11, 1994


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News/Obit 11 September 1994  Obituary,
Raymond Christy Firestone, 86, died Sept. 9, 1994.

He was born in and was a lifetime resident of Akron.



Mr. Firestone is survived by wife, Jane Allen; daughters, Christy An Gordon-Creed and Judith An Thiel, both of Camden, S.C.; stepdaughter, Eleanor Hunter of Pittsford, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and brother, Leonard K. Firestone of Palm Springs, Calif.



Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with Dr. Richard L. McCandless officiating. Interment at Columbiana Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Should friends desire,memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron 44313; Summa Health System, 525 E. Market St., Akron 44309; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44195; or Pegasus Farm, 7490 Edison St. N.E., Hartville 44632.(Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 867-4141.)




Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - September 11, 1994


6 
News/Obit 11 September 1994  Obituary,
Raymond C. Firestone, 86; Former Head of Tire Firm

Raymond C. Firestone, former chairman of the tire company founded by his father, Harvey S. Firestone, in 1900, died Friday at age 86.



Raymond Firestone served as chairman of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron from 1963 to 1976. He retired as a company director in 1977.



Firestone went to work for his father's tire company in 1933 in a Los Angeles sales office. He became a company director in 1942 and its chief executive officer in 1963.



Japan's Bridgestone Corp. acquired the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in 1988 in a $2.6-billion deal.




Appeared in the Los Angeles Times (CA) - September 11, 1994


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News/Obit 12 September 1994  Obituary,
Raymond C. Firestone, 86, Dies Was Chairman of Tire Company

Raymond C. Firestone, a former chairman and chief executive of his family's tire company and a philanthropist, died on Friday in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. He was 86 and had houses in Bath Township outside Akron, Ohio, and in Southern Pines, N.C.



The cause was heart failure, said Bob Troyer, a spokesman for the Firestone family.



Mr. Firestone was a son of Harvey S. Firestone, who founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in 1900. Raymond Firestone went to work for the company in 1933 and was its president from 1957 to 1964, its chief executive from 1963 to 1973, its chairman from 1966 to 1976 and a longtime member of its board.



In the years from 1963 to 1976, while he headed Firestone, the company's annual sales increased to $3.9 billion from $1.4 billion, Mr. Troyer said. He was the last of Harvey Firestone's five sons to serve in the active management of the company, which in 1988 was bought by the Bridgestone Corporation.



Over the years, the beneficiaries of Mr. Firestone's philanthropic largess included Princeton University, which he attended, its Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and other educational, civic and charitable institutions and organizations in Ohio and elsewhere.



Raymond Christy Firestone was born in Akron and graduated from Princeton, where he was the captain of the polo team, in 1933. He started at the family company in a Los Angeles sales office. He was promoted to district store supervisor in Los Angeles in 1934 and rose through the company's executive ranks, with time out for World War II service as a pilot in the Air Transport Command from 1942 to 1944.



He then returned to the company, which had operations important to the war effort. He went on to become an executive vice president from 1954 to 1957.



He married Laura An Lisk in 1934; she died in 1960.



Mr. Firestone is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Jane Allen Messler; two daughters, Christy An Gordon-Creed and Judith An Thiel, both of Camden, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Eleanor Hunter of Pittsford, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, and a brother, Leonard K., of Rancho Mirage, Calif.




Appeared in The New York Times (NY) - September 12, 1994


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News/Obit 12 September 1994  Obituary,
Raymond C. Firestone, ex-tire company magnate

Raymond C. Firestone, a former chairman and chief executive of his family's tire company, died Friday in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.



He was 86, and had houses in Bath Township, which is outside Akron, Ohio, and in Southern Pines, N.C.



The cause was heart failure, said Bob Troyer, a spokesman for the Firestone family.



Mr. Firestone was a son of Harvey S. Firestone, who founded Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in 1900. Raymond Firestone went to work for the company in 1933 and was its president from 1957 to 1964, its chief executive from 1963 to 1973, its chairman from 1966 to 1976 and a longtime member of its board.




Appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - September 12, 1994


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News/Obit 12 September 1994  Cleveland Clinic,
RAYMOND FIRESTONE, FORMER CEO, CHAIRMAN OF TIRE COMPANY, DIES AT 86

Raymond C. Firestone, a former chairman and chief executive of his family's tire company, died Friday in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland of heart failure.



He was 86 and had houses in Bath Township, outside Akron, Ohio, and in Southern Pines, N.C.



Mr. Firestone was a son of Harvey Firestone, who founded Firestone Tire and Rubber in 1900.



The last of the founder's five sons to serve in active management of the company, he went to work for Firestone in 1933, with time out for World War II service as a pilot in the Air Transport Command from 1942 to 1944.



He was Firestone's president from 1957 to 1964, chief executive from 1963 to 1973 and chairman from 1966 to 1976. He was also a longtime member of its board.



From 1963 to 1976, the company's annual sales increased to $3.9 billion from $1.4 billion, said Bob Troyer, a spokesman for the family. In 1988, it was bought by Bridgestone Corp.



In June 1976, the company disclosed that it had paid about $330,000 in 2-1/2 years in a largely illegal program to finance political campaigns in the United States. The company made the disclosures about the contributions, as well as about questionable overseas payments, in response to prodding by the Securities and Exchange Commission.



Troyer said that to the best of his recollection, the government took no punitive action. He said Firestone never commented about that disclosure or about suggestions that his retirement as chairman later in 1976 was related to the matter.



Surviving are his wife, the former Jane Allen Messler; two daughters, Christy Gordon-Creed and Judith Thiel, both of Camden, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Eleanor Hunter of Pittsford, N.Y.; and a brother, Leonard Firestone of Rancho Mirage, Calif.




Appeared in The Charlotte Observer (NC) - September 12, 1994


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News/Obit 12 September 1994  Obituary,
Raymond Firestone, tire CEO

CLEVELAND -- Raymond C. Firestone, a former chairman and chief executive of his family's tire company, died Friday in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.



He was 86 and had houses in Bath Township, which is outside Akron, Ohio, and in Southern Pines, N.C.



The cause was heart failure, said Bob Troyer, a spokesman for the Firestone family.



Mr. Firestone was a son of Harvey S. Firestone, who founded Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in 1900. Raymond Firestone went to work for the company in 1933 and was its president from 1957 to 1964, its chief executive from 1963 to 1973, its chairman from 1966 to 1976 and a longtime member of its board.



In the years from 1963 to 1976, while he headed Firestone, the company's annual sales increased to $3.9 billion from $1.4 billion, Mr. Troyer said. He was the last of Harvey Firestone's five sons to serve in the active management of the company. In 1988, it was bought by a Japanese concern, the Bridgestone Corp.



In June 1976, while Raymond Firestone was chairman, the company disclosed that it had paid about $330,000 in two and a half years in a largely illegal program to finance political campaigns in the United States. It was in response to prodding by the Securities and Exchange Commission that the company made the disclosures about the contributions, as well as about questionable overseas payments.



Mr. Troyer said Sunday that to the best of his recollection, the government took no punitive action against the company. He said Mr. Firestone never commented about that disclosure or about suggestions that his retirement as chairman later in 1976 was related to the matter.



In September of that year, the company announced that Mr. Firestone was stepping down because he had passed the mandatory retirement age. He was 68 at the time, and the company said its officers had to retire after reaching 65 but that its board had the right to extend this age limit by three years.



Mr. Troyer said Sunday that Mr. Firestone had begun to have heart problems by then and had had his first bypass surgery in 1973.



Over the years, the beneficiaries of Mr. Firestone's philanthropic largess included Princeton University, which he attended, its Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and educational, civic and charitable institutions and organizations in Ohio and elsewhere.



Raymond Christy Firestone was born in Akron and graduated from Princeton, where he was the captain of the polo team, in 1933. He started at the company in a Los Angeles sales office. He was promoted to district store supervisor in Los Angeles in 1934 and rose through the company's executive ranks, with time out for World War II service as a pilot in the Air Transport Command from 1942 to 1944.



Then he returned to the company, which had operations that were important to the war effort. He went on to become an executive vice president from 1954 to 1957.



He married Laura An Lisk in 1934; she died in 1960.



He is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Jane Allen Messler; two daughters, Christy An Gordon-Creed and Judith An Thiel, both of Camden, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Eleanor Hunter of Pittsford, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a brother, Leonard K., of Rancho Mirage, Calif.




Appeared in The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) - September 12, 1994


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News/Obit* 22 December 1995  News Item,
GALBREATH COMPANY HIRED AS BROKER FOR SALE OF FIRESTONE PROPERTY

Galbreath Co. Hired to Sell Firestone Property

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University has contracted with The Galbreath Company for real estate services to market and sell
the Firestone property near Akron. The Galbreath firm was chosen from a group of four large real estate firms which responded to a
request for proposals to provide the services.



Key determinants in the selection of The Galbreath Company were its: record and reputation for handling large transactions;
responsiveness to the university's need to sell the property expeditiously; willingness and ability to work with the local
community; and competitive, value-added pricing for its services, said Robert Haverkamp, special assistant to Ohio State's vice
president for business and administration.



The Firestone estate, some 1,500 largely undeveloped acres mostly in Bath Township of Summit County, was acquired by the
university in January 1995 in compliance with an agreement made in 1987 with the late Raymond C. Firestone. The university
agreed to buy the property for $5 million upon Mr. Firestone's death, which occurred in September 1994.



Mr. Firestone's stated intention was that Ohio State sell the property, which had an estimated market value of about $8
million at the time of the agreement. Then, the university would invest the proceeds in its endowment fund, where it would earn
income for university projects in perpetuity.



Over the past year, Ohio State and its Board of Trustees have studied how to handle disposition of the property in a
manner that is sensitive to the wishes of Bath Township residents and meets the trustees' fiduciary obligation.



The university needs to begin the sales process now to minimize its holding costs and to realize the benefits Mr.
Firestone intended.



The university needs the assistance of a firm experienced in large land sales of this kind to handle the marketing and sale
of the property.



It is the strong desire of the university to find a buyer who will develop the land in a manner that is environmentally
responsible and aesthetically compatible with the surrounding area.



"We are retaining the right to reject any offer if the proposed buyer does not have, in our estimation, a sincere
commitment to responsible development," said Trustee David Brennan. "We also have a financial responsibility to the
university, as well as a moral obligation to fulfill the wishes of Raymond Firestone, who wanted this land to benefit Ohio State,
and through the university, all the citizens of Ohio."



The Galbreath Company has been instructed to seek sale of the property within six months. As part of the sales process,
the firm will hold an open meeting in Bath Township in January to explain its plans and procedures.




Released by Ruth Gerstner, Director of News Services, The Ohio State University, 22 Dec 1995


 

Citations
  1. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S85] Firestone Genealogy - 1957, George Ely Russell.
  3. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  4. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S323] News Bank.


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