|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1862|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1915|
A. R. Pardington, Vice President and, General Manager of the Lincoln Highway Association, and a well-known figure in the automobile world, died yesterday at Detroit. He was 54 years old, and had been ill for several weeks. In the last fifteen years Mr. Pardington has done much for automobile racing.
In the early days of the automobile Mr. Pardington organized the Long Island Automobile Club. He was responsible for the first Vanderbilt Cup race on Long Island, and it was through his influence that William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., donated the trophy, which remains the most coveted trophy in auto competition. He also acted as referee of the race.
As Chairman of the American Automobile Association Racing Committee, now the Contest Board, Mr. Pardington established automobile racing on a firm basis, and the contest rules which govern auto racing today are practically the same adopted by the Racing Committee at his recommendation. He resigned the Chairmanship of the Racing Committee to accept the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Long Island Motor Parkway. When the Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prize Trophy were turned over to the Motor Cups Holding Company Mr. Pardington was made the active head of the committee. For a time he was connected with the commercial end of the industry, but about three years ago was appointed Vice President and General Manager of the Lincoln Highway Association, with headquarters in Detroit.
Mr. Pardington refereed many important automobile races. He was the referee at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and officiated at several race meets around New York and in Florida.
Pallbearers for the funeral of ARTHUR R PARDINGTON on 29 July 1915:
Henry B. Joy (President: Packard Motor Car Co.); Roy D. Chapin (President: Hudson Motor Car Co.); Henry W. Clark (President: First & Old National Bank); Carl G. Fisher (President: Prest O Lite Co.); S. D. Waldon (Director Engineering., Cadillac Motor Car Co.); Henry Ford (Ford Motor Car Co.); Charles. W. Nash (President: General Motor Corp.); Alvan Macauley (VP & Gen Mgr, Packard Motor Car Co.); Henry M. Leland (Adv. Mgr, Cadillac Motor Car Co.); Hugh Chalmers (President: Chalmers Motor Co.) n.b. A.R. Pardington drove a Chalmers; Charles A. Hughes (Secretary, Detroit Atheletic Club); E. L. Benson (President: Studebaker Motor Co.); Russell Alexander A1ger (US Sen MI; Sec of War for McKinley)
Note: A. R. Pardington had three daughters. The first was the daughter by Dora Gertrude Hause, Dorothy Getrude Pardington (Mrs. Roger Roberts Thompson) by whom there were two grandchildren: Jean and Dorothy.
Rayner Stevens Pardington (1836 - 1906)
Elizabeth Jane Cory Pardington (1840 - 1916)
Gertrude Dora Hause Pardington (1864 - 1894)*
Lucile Fatima Crosley Pardington Smith (1866 - 1943)*
Janet Lucille Pardington Noble (1899 - 1991)*
Ruth Crosley Pardington Ney (1900 - 1983)*
Arthur Rayner Pardington (1862 - 1915)
George Palmer Pardington (1866 - 1915)*
Plot: Sec 12 Lot 204 Grave 1
Created by: Marshall Lloyd
Record added: Aug 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40850253