PALM COAST HARBOR, Fla. -- Walter Baughman II died here Oct. 26. He was co-founder and former president of Plastomer Corp., of Livonia, Mich. Baughman was a pioneer in the manufacturing and fabricating of flexible polyurethane foam, gaskets, seals and sound insulation. He retired in 1991. Baughman was inducted into the Polyurethane Foam Association Inc. Hall of Fame in 1994. He was 82.
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. -- Paul John died here Nov. 19 at age 81. He began working at Campbell-Ewald Advertising in 1956, creating Chevrolet sponsorships of TV programs "Bonanza," "My Three Sons" and "Route 66." He also created college football's Chevrolet Player of the Game, a scholarship fund. John became CEO in 1985. He retired and bought Ocean Chevrolet in Capitola, Calif., later selling Honda vehicles. The dealership now is run by his son, Steve.
BELLAIRE, Mich. -- Bill Lewellen died here Nov. 27. He spent 37 years in management positions at Cadillac. He was assistant general sales manager, service, when he retired in 1990. Lewellen founded the Cadillac Museum in Detroit and is credited with a number of customer service programs, including the Cadillac Gold Key Delivery program and Roadside Assistance. He was 76.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Walter Prochnow Jr. died here Oct. 20 at age 78. He was owner and president of Ann Arbor Buick-Suzuki until 1998, when he sold the business to General Motors. After graduation from Michigan State University, Prochnow worked with his mother at Ann Arbor Buick Service Co., which was founded by his father in 1923.
TORONTO -- Bill Ward died here Oct. 20 at age 83. He was founder and owner of Wm. Ward Publishing, which distributed the Canadian Black Book, a wholesale price guide.
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.