AKRON (Nov. 28)—William H. "Bill" Klingensmith, 63, well-know rubber industry marketing consultant, speaker and participant in ACS Rubber Division activities, died Nov. 27.
Klingensmith was president of his consultancy, Akron Consulting Co., and was a senior associate with Robert Eller Associates Inc. Before that he worked for Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. for a number of years, including two as president; seven years a marketing director for Struktol Co.; and nine years with Smithers Scientific Services Inc.
He had long involvement with the Rubber Division, and several times served as a symposium chairman, including at the group´s recent meeting in Pittsburgh. He was instrumental in the creation of the division's Rubber Recycling Topical Group, and served as its chairman in 1996.
Klingensmith frequently spoke on recycling and other rubber industry topics in which he had expertise.
Robert Eller called Klingensmith an "old-time rubber guy," who knew the answers or how to find them. "He could spin formulas out of his head and whip up compound costs that never were far off," Eller said.
Rudy School of R.T. Vanderbilt Co. Inc. said Klingensmith was his first boss at Smithers years ago. He called him a "pure ball of energy, talking about everything, his mind just racing away."
Born in Greensburg, Pa., Klingensmith spent most of his life in the Akron area. He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was involved with the Boy Scouts.
Klingensmith is survived by his wife, Gail; son David of Copley; daughters Dawn of Akron and Diane Romero of Argentina; and sisters Mary Jane Rowe of South Carolina and Gail Klingensmith of Pennsylvania; and grandchildren Kyle and Jonathan Klingensmith and Constantino Romero.
The funeral will take place Nov. 30 in Akron.