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Julian Agoos

Death 4 Mar 2010 (aged 89–90)
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AGOOS, Julian E. Former President of several leather tanning companies including Allied Kid, Agoos Leather, and Seal Tanning, died on March 4 at the Methodist Country House in Wilmington, Delaware. He was 90 years old. Mr. Agoos was a leader in the leather tanning industry for more than 40 years where he helped develop new tanning techniques for suede leather and also promoted progressive employment policies during the 1940s and 1950s such as mandating integrated rest rooms and cafeterias, providing on-site health care and offering incentive pay for laborers. In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Agoos became an advocate for environmentally clean tanning techniques as a consultant to the Leather Tanners' Council, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations. Mr. Agoos was an accomplished woodworker who made fine furniture. Throughout his life, he was an active philanthropist, serving on several boards and as Treasurer of Planned Parenthood of Delaware and President of Jewish Family Service in Delaware. He also headed the Agoos Family Charity, established by his grandfather Lassor, in 1919 when there were very few family foundations. Mr. Agoos received a B. S. degree in chemistry from Harvard University in 1940 where he was the chief photographer for the Harvard Crimson. During World War II he served as an aerial photography analyst and instructor for the US Army's Secret Service. He married the late Rose Marie (Roamie) Klein in 1945 and moved to Wilmington to run one of the tanneries of Allied Kid, a company founded by his father, Solomon. He moved to Boston to head the company in 1964. He is survived by four loving children: Susan Herrmann of Wilmington; Emily Corpuz of San Francisco; Alice of Pelham, NY and Andrew of Wayland, MA; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion of 15 years, Marjorie Sweet. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Planned Parenthood of Delaware, 625 Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or to Jewish Family Service, 99 Passmore Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. For condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory (302) 478-7100

Published in The Boston Globe on March 8, 2010


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