TUCSON, Ariz. (May 12, 2011)—Robert W. Eggleton Sr., a co-founder of Goldsmith & Eggleton Inc., died May 10 in Tucson after a long illness. He was 85.
In 1968 Eggleton and Alan Goldsmith founded the producer of reprocessed rubber and polymer raw materials, which is based in Akron and Wadsworth, Ohio. Joseph Fagan and Marvin Weintraub joined them as partners during the following two years.
Eggleton grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. While in high school during World War II, he joined the Marine Corps and served for two years as an aerial photographer. He was discharged in 1945, and returned to school to complete his education.
He then began working for H. Muehlstein and Co., a crude and synthetic rubber trading company.
Eggleton—who had lived in New York, Chicago and Hudson, Ohio, with his wife, Ruth E. Ewen, who he married in 1951—had been a director of the Chicago Rubber Group and published several papers on rubber recycling presented at ACS Rubber Division meetings.
Eggleton and his second wife, Marjory Sherman Weber of Lakewood, Ohio, retired to Tucson in 1995.
He had a love of the outdoors, which began when he was a Boy Scout in Brooklyn. He kept friendships with fellow scouts throughout his life.
Eggleton is survived by his sister, Margaret Eggleton Sheeran Haney; children, Emily E. Bennett, Jane C. Eggleton, Susan M. Moran and Robert W. Eggleton Jr., stepson, Eric Weber; and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Eggleton's name be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 85712 , or the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.