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Year in Review: Deaths in 2014

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The rubber industry lost a number of individuals in 2014, Rubber & Plastics News takes a look back in remembrance.

Gilbert Neal, 82, former president of General Tire.

Thomas B. Mastin, 54, president and co-owner of LaFavorite Industries Inc.

Thomas N. Loser, 93, co-founder of Wyrough & Loser Inc. and 1983 chairman of the ACS Rubber Division.

Christophe de Marger-ie, 63, CEO of Total S.A., parent of rubber products maker Hutchinson S.A.

Jaiheon “Jack” Kim, 61, former Hankook Tire America Corp. executive and a strategic business associate at Tire Consultants Group L.L.C.

Auke Dalstra, 50, chief financial officer of VMI Group.

Michael J. Connor, 81, former vice president of marketing services at Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.

Ray Slezak, 86, founder of RJS Corp.

Stephanie Kwolek, 90, the DuPont Co. inventor of Kevlar.

Graham Willis, 79, a planter who helped Good-year with its advances in the cultivation and exploitation of natural rubber.

Eric A. Sheard, 83, founder, owner and president of Lescon Inc. and onetime president of the Polyure-thanes Manufacturers Association.

Mark D. Finn, 59, vice president of marketing and sales at the McLube Division of McGee Industries Inc. 

Jerry Lee Jackson, 74, former vice president at Colonial Rubber Works Inc.

Jaclyn “Jackie” Pobiega, 36, marketing communications and public relations specialist for Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C.

James J. McCarthy, 84, founder of ChemRep Inc.

Harold Coker, 85,founder of Coker Tire Co.