Loses Two Legends: John De Gorter and Ray Rickles
September 16, 2009
John De Gorter, former president of De Gorter Inc., died this morning
in North Carolina. De Gorter, one of the first to recognize the
opportunity to sell and service machinery from foreign manufacturers
into the United States, helped introduce a number of such glass
machinery manufacturers to this country. He built a company that
today includes his sons Dan and Peter among others.
Also passing this morning was a man who called on John De Gorter
for many years selling advertising in glass industry publications.
Ray Rickles, age 90, passed away in Florida, after a brief illness.
He founded Ray Rickles and Company, a media representative firm
that for many years represented the now-defunct Glass Digest and
which has continued to represent USGlass magazine for the
past 16 years. Ray is the father of USGlass sales manager
At press time, funeral arrangements for both men were incomplete.
USGNN.com will provide more information as it becomes available.
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