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Elizabeth Chambers Firestone1,2

Female
b. 1922, d. 18 October 1989


Father Harvey Samuel Firestone Jr.1,2 b. 20 April 1898, d. 1 June 1973
Mother Elizabeth E. Parke1,2 b. 17 November 1897 or 17 November 1902, d. 18 October 1990
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Family Charles F. Willis b. 23 July 1918, d. 16 March 1993
Marriage* 1954  Principal=Charles F. Willis1,3 
Divorce* 1973  Principal=Charles F. Willis1,3 
Child  1. ELizabeth W. Willis b. 10 Feb 1956

Birth* 1922  Akron, Summit Co., OH1,2 
Census* 1930  1930 Federal Census, Ohio, Summit County, Akron Township, Akron, Ward 8, ED: 77-147, Series: T626, Roll: 1880, Page: 18A, April 2
Sheet 18A, Block 85 Tract G, 50 Twin Oaks Road
(enumerated with father, Harvey S Firestone Jr)
03, 170, 179, Firestone, Elizabeth C, Daughter, , , , No, F, W, 7, S, , Yes, Yes, Ohio, Illinois, Illinois, , 59, , , , , No, None, , , , , , , ,2 
Married Name 1954  Willis1,3 
Marriage* 1954  Principal=Charles F. Willis1,3 
Divorce* 1973  Principal=Charles F. Willis3 
Death* 18 October 1989  Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA3 
News/Obit 20 October 1989  Obituary,
Elizabeth Willis, 67

Patron and Composer Elizabeth Firestone Willis, a patron of the arts and a composer, died of heart failure Wednesday at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was 67 years old and lived in Washington.



Mrs. Willis, whose grandfather, Harvey S. Firestone Sr., founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio, had been a member of the National Council of the Metropolitan Opera Association and a trustee of the Archives of American Art and the New England Conservatory of Music.



In recent years, Mrs. Willis, a pianist, devoted herself to jazz, making appearances with Mel Torme, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and B. B. King. Most recently, in collaboration with Mr. Hampton, she wrote "The George Bush Election Theme."



In Dwight D. Eisenhower's Presidential campaigns she served as musical coordinator.



She began her career composing music for children's broadcasting.



She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Firestone of Akron and Newport, R.I.; a daughter, Elizabeth Leatherman of Boston, and two sisters, Martha Ford of Detroit and Anne Ball of Greenwich, Conn.





Appeared in The New York Times, (NY) - October 20, 1989


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News/Obit 20 October 1989  Obituary,
Elizabeth Firestone Willis

Elizabeth Firestone Willis, 66 years, died October 18,1989.



She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Willis and William Leatherman; mother, Elizabeth Parke Firestone--widow of Harvey S. Firestone Jr.; sisters, Martha Firestone Ford--wife of William C. Ford; Anne Firestone Ball--wife of John F. Ball; uncles, Raymond C. Firestone and Leonard K.
Firestone.



There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 11:30 a.m., at the Idabelle Firestone Memorial Chapel of St. Paul's Episcopal
Church, Akron. Interment Columbiana Cemetery, Columbiana, Ohio. (The Billow



Fairlawn Chapel, 867-4141.)





Appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - October 20, 1989


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News/Obit 20 October 1989  Obituary,
ELIZABETH FIRESTONE WILLIS

Elizabeth Firestone Willis, granddaughter of Firestone Tire founder Harvey S. Firestone and an accomplished composer, died Wednesday of heart failure at University Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was 66.



Born in Akron, Mrs. Willis studied piano at Columbia University and began her career with compositions for children's broadcasting. She later wrote movie soundtracks.



In 1954, she married Charles F. Willis Jr., the founder of Alaska Airlines. They were divorced in 1973.





Appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - October 20, 1989




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News/Obit* 20 October 1989  Obituary,
Elizabeth Firestone Willis

Elizabeth Firestone Willis, a patron of the arts and a composer, died of heart failure Wednesday. She was 67.



Willis, whose grandfather, Harvey S. Firestone Sr., founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., was a member of the National Council of the Metropolitan Opera Association and a trustee of the Archives of American Art and the New England Conservatory of Music.



In recent years Willis, a pianist, devoted herself to jazz, making appearances with Mel Torme and Lionel Hampton. In collaboration with Hampton, she wrote "The George Bush Election Theme."






Appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - October 20, 1989



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News/Obit 21 October 1989  Obituary,
ELIZABETH FIRESTONE WILLIS

ELIZABETH FIRESTONE WILLIS, 66, granddaughter of Firestone Tire founder Harvey S. Firestone and an accomplished composer, died Wednesday of heart failure. Born in Akron, Ohio, Willis studied at Columbia University and began her career with compositions for children's broadcasting. She later wrote movie soundtracks.





Appeared in The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - October 21, 1989


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News/Obit 22 October 1989  Obituary,
ELIZABETH FIRESTONE WILLIS

ELIZABETH FIRESTONE WILLIS, 67, a patron of the arts and a composer, died Wednesday in Pittsburgh of heart failure. Mrs. Willis, whose grandfather, Harvey S. Firestone Sr., founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, had been a member of the National Council of the Metropolitan Opera Association and a trustee of the Archives of American Art and the New England Conservatory of Music. In recent years, Mrs. Willis, a pianist, devoted
herself to jazz, making appearances with Mel T orme, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and B.B. King. Most recently, in collaboration with Hampton, she wrote
The George Bush Election Theme.




Appeared in the St. Petersburg Times (FL) - October 22, 1989


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News/Obit 22 October 1989  Obituary,
ARTS PATRON ELIZABETH F. WILLIS

Elizabeth Firestone Willis, a patron of the arts and a composer, died of heart failure Wednesday in Presbyterian-University Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was 67.



Mrs. Willis, whose grandfather, Harvey S. Firestone Sr., founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, had been a member of the National Council of the Metropolitan Opera Association and a trustee of the Archives of American Art and the New England Conservatory of Music.



In recent years, Mrs. Willis, a pianist, devoted herself to jazz, making appearances with Mel Torme, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and B.B. King. Most recently, in collaboration with Hampton, she wrote ''The George Bush Election Theme.''



In Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaigns she served as musical coordinator.



She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Firestone; a daughter, Elizabeth Leatherman, and two sisters





Appeared in the Chicago Tribune (IL) - October 22, 1989


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News/Obit 23 October 1989  Obituary,
FILM, CAMPAIGN COMPOSER ELIZABETH WILLIS DIES

Elizabeth Firestone Willis, 67, a pianist and composer who wrote film scores, classical and jazz compositions and music for several political campaigns, died Oct. 18 at a hospital in Pittsburgh, where she was undergoing medical treatment. The nature of her ailment was not reported



In 1952, she was a musical coordinator for the Dwight D. Eisenhower campaign. She wrote the words and music for "We Need Nixon," a 1972 campaign song for Richard M. Nixon's reelection campaign. In 1988, she collaborated with Lionel Hampton to write the theme music for George Bush's campaign. She also wrote the film scores for "Once More My Darling" and "The Man From Tangiers."



Mrs. Willis was born in Akron, Ohio, a granddaughter of Firestone Rubber Co. founder Harvey S. Firestone. She was a graduate of Foxcroft School in Middleburg and studied piano at Columbia University.



In the early 1950s, she performed as a soloist in London and New York. She had appeared with Johnny Mercer, Mel Torme and Lionel Hampton. She had written for radio and televison and had done musical compositions for children's broadcasting.



Mrs. Willis had lived in Washington since 1954. She was a member of the New England Conservatory of Music and the National Council of the Metropolitan Opera Association. She was a trustee of the Archives of American Art.



Her marriage to Charles F. Willis Jr. ended in divorce.



Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Leatherman of Boston; her mother, Elizabeth Firestone of Akron and Newport, R.I.; and two sisters, Martha Ford of Detroit and Anne Ball of Greenwich, Conn





Appeared in The Washington Post, (DC) - October 23, 1989


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News/Obit 27 October 1989  Obituary,
Elizabeth Firestone Willis; Granddaughter of Tire Baron

Elizabeth Firestone Willis, 66, granddaughter of Firestone Tire founder Harvey S. Firestone and an accomplished composer. Mrs. Willis studied piano at Columbia University and began her career with compositions for children's broadcasting. She later wrote movie sound tracks. She performed on television and radio and at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony. She later turned to jazz and performed with Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Gene Krupa and B. B. King, among others. She served as musical coordinator during President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Administration. In 1954, Elizabeth Firestone married Charles F. Willis Jr., the founder of Alaska Airlines. They were divorced in 1973. In Pittsburgh on Oct. 18 of heart failure.





Appeared in the Los Angeles Times (CA) - October 27, 1989


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Citations
  1. [S85] Firestone Genealogy - 1957, George Ely Russell.
  2. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S323] News Bank.


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