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 Leonard Kimball Firestone

Leonard Kimball Firestone

Birth
Akron, Summit County, Ohio, USA
Death 24 Dec 1996 (aged 89)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Columbiana, Columbiana County, Ohio, USA
Plot Sec A (Firestone Memorial)
Memorial ID 91702996 · View Source
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He was employed on graduation by the family company in sales positions by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, founded by his father in Akron, Ohio. In 1935, he was appointed sales manager and in 1939 became a director of Firestone. He was named president of Firestone Aviation Products Co. in 1941.
He was commissioned in United States Navy as a lieutenant, but was assigned to inactive status to become president of Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. of California in 1943. In 1966 he was the target of an abortive multi-million dollar kidnap plan. He retired as president of Firestone's California operations in 1970.

Info from Debra Felger on 07/20/2017
He was appointed Ambassador to Belgium in 1974 by President Richard M. Nixon. After the kidnap attempt, he moved to Rancho Mirage, California, and in 1977 President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, became his neighbors. He became a director of the National Council of Alcoholism and was a co-founder of the Betty Ford Center.



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  • Created by: Audrey Allison
  • Added: 10 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91702996
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leonard Kimball Firestone (10 Jun 1907–24 Dec 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91702996, citing Columbiana Cemetery, Columbiana, Columbiana County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Audrey Allison (contributor 47250896) .