Obituaries

Frederick Standish, former director of PR for Nissan North America, dies

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Frederick Standish, who managed Nissan North America's corporate communications as it reinvented itself in Tennessee, has died at 65 after a long illness.... Read More »

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Marc Lockhart, a second-generation auto dealer, died Jan. 16. He was 63.... Read More »

PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: The enigmatic life and death of Julie Nguyen Brown

11:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

It didn't surprise me that the death of longtime supplier executive and entrepreneur Julie Nguyen Brown took place without a public obituary or announcement. That's exactly the way she would have wanted it.... Read More »

Plastech founder Julie Nguyen Brown dies

11:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Julie Nguyen Brown, a Vietnamese immigrant who founded and presided over what was once the largest minority-owned U.S. auto supplier, has died.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Gary Meadors, 76 founder and chairman of Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, and Bob Susor, 70, former president of the National Automotive Parts Association.... Read More »

Former Nissan CEO who negotiated Renault alliance dies

7:19 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2015

Yoshikazu Hanawa, the former Nissan president and CEO who negotiated an alliance with Renault SA in a 1999 agreement that rescued the indebted Japanese automaker, has died.... Read More »

OBITUARY

WWII vet and dealer Robert Burd passes at 90

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Former dealer Robert Burd died Oct. 31.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

This week's obituaries includes Bob Bryce, who worked in automotive retail for more than 40 years; Richard Newsted, chairman of automotive supplier Chassix Holdings, Inc.; and Gene Wittenberger, a longtime auto dealer.... Read More »

Legendary automotive artist Art Fitzpatrick dies at 96

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Art Fitzpatrick, one half of the team that created some of the most eye-catching advertising artwork for General Motors from 1959 to 1971, passed away this week in Carlsbad, Calif., at age 96.... Read More »

Richard Newsted, chairman of supplier Chassix, dies at 58

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Richard Newsted, chairman of automotive supplier Chassix Holdings and former CEO of Meridian Automotive Systems, died Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. He was 58.... Read More »

MARK VAUGHN

BLOG: George Barris, King of the Kustomizers, dies at 89

9:29 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

George Barris, the man who nurtured and nourished the custom car craze and built many a movie and TV icon car, has died at age 89.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Jim Thomas, who worked in automotive sales, marketing and public relations, died Sept. 23. He was 67.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

Harold Jackson, who worked in public relations at General Motors, died Sept. 24. He was 89.... Read More »

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Dealer Tom Cole died Sept. 6. He was 73. Cole bought his first dealership, Century Buick in Kalamazoo, in 1981.... Read More »

Tom Cole, longtime Michigan auto dealer, dies at 73

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Tom Cole, a nominee for the 2014 Time Dealer of the Year award and founder and owner of Cole Automotive Group in west Michigan, died Sunday. He was 73.... Read More »

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jean Mayer, who rose through the ranks at Ford Motor Co. to become a global purchasing executive, died Aug. 5. She was 61.... Read More »

Former Ford purchasing exec Jean Mayer dies at 61

3:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Jean Mayer, who rose through the ranks at Ford Motor Co. to become a global purchasing executive, died Aug. 5. She was 61.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Johanna Quandt, 89, the billionaire widow whose husband turned Germany's BMW AG into the largest maker of luxury cars, died Aug. 3 at her home in Germany; Jim Brown, who built a dealership group in northeastern Ohio, died July 29. He was 75.... Read More »

Johanna Quandt, widow of BMW savior, dies at 89

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Johanna Quandt, the billionaire widow whose husband turned Germany's BMW AG into the largest maker of luxury cars, has died. She was 89.... Read More »

Mel Farr, Detroit Lion turned auto dealer, dies at 70

7:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Mel Farr, the former Detroit Lions running back who became owner of the nation's largest black-owned dealership group, has died at the age of 70.... Read More »

Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

1:14 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88.... Read More »

Art Moran, longtime Detroit-area dealer, dies at 89

6:45 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Art Moran, a longtime dealer in suburban Detroit, died Wednesday. He was 89.... Read More »

Philip Benton, former Ford president, dies at 86

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Philip Benton Jr., former president of Ford, died at his home in Massachusetts on June 14. He was 86.... Read More »

Former Ford ad exec Gerry Donnelly dies at 67

11:47 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Gerry Donnelly, a longtime advertising executive for the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, died Saturday, June 13, in Florida. He was 67.... Read More »

Kerkorian kept the pressure on Detroit 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Kirk Kerkorian, who died last week, never quite managed to close the blockbuster deals he chased in Detroit. But his deep pockets repeatedly prodded auto executives into action, and his warnings of looming trouble for the Detroit 3 proved uncannily accurate.... Read More »

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