Tom Adams, 85, retired CEO of Campbell-Ewald, died Jan. 25. He joined the advertising agency in 1945, worked on the Chevrolet account, and became a vice president in 1955. He was named president in 1958 and chairman and CEO in 1968. Among the Chevy ad themes during his tenure were "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet" in the 1960s and "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet" in the 1970s.
Chung Se Yung, 76, who helped found Hyundai Motor Co. in 1967, died May 21. He was president of the company for 20 years and was made chairman in 1987. He stepped aside in 1996 in favor of his son Chung Mong Gyu and became honorary chairman. He turned Hyundai into an independent automaker rather than merely an assembler of others' cars. He began selling Hyundais in Canada in 1984 and in the United States in 1986. In 1999, he and his son were forced out of the auto company amid differences among family shareholders.
John DeLorean: A flamboyant executive who tasted success and scandal
John DeLorean, 80, the flamboyant executive who rose near the top of General Motors before leaving to build his gull-winged sports car, died March 19. DeLorean headed Pontiac at 40 and ran Chevrolet four years later. He rose to group vice president for cars and trucks. But perhaps realizing that he never would be GM's president, he quit in 1973 to launch the sports car company. The venture failed in 1982, and DeLorean spent years in court defending himself successfully against drug charges and fighting financial issues that arose from DeLorean Motor Co.
Josephine Ford: Auto heir, philanthropist
Josephine "Dody" Ford, 81, granddaughter of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, daughter of Edsel and sister of Henry Ford II, died June 1. She never worked for Ford Motor, but owned 13 million shares (18 percent) of its Class B shares. Class B stock represents 40 percent of the voting shares of Ford Motor Co. She was married to Walter Buhl Ford II, who died in 1991. He was not related to the auto family. Mrs. Ford was a noted philanthropist. One of her favorite charities was the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Francis J. Gawronski: Veteran Automotive News editor
Francis J. Gawronski, 79, the first chief of Automotive News' Tokyo bureau, died March 18. He joined Automotive News in 1955 and was named associate editor in 1968. In that position he covered three UAW contract negotiations. He was service editor before going to Tokyo in 1985. He returned to the United States in 1987 and worked in the Los Angeles bureau and in Detroit before retiring in 1991.
Robert Kearns: A great idea, a bitter battle
Robert Kearns, 77, inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, died Feb. 9. He showed his invention to Ford Motor Co. in 1963 and sought a contact to build it. Instead, Ford introduced intermittent wipers in 1969, and other makers soon followed. In 1972, Kearns sued two dozen automakers for patent infringement. He settled with Ford for $10 million and later won a $21 million judgment against Chrysler. But legal fees left him in debt, and the long battle cost him his marriage and led to illness.
Theodore Mecke Jr., 82, retired vice president of public affairs and head of communications for Ford Motor Co., died Sept. 21. Mecke joined Ford in 1949 and retired in 1980.
Alex Trotman: CEO who urged global vision at Ford
Alex Trotman started near the bottom and worked his way to the top of Ford Motor Co. He died April 21 at age 71. He began his Ford career as a student trainee in England. He became president of Ford of Europe in 1984 and chairman in 1988. He came to the United States in 1989 to head North American Automotive Operations, and was named CEO in 1993. He was the architect of Ford 2000, a controversial reorganization plan that sought a unified global approach to marketing, manufacturing and product development.