Willard Paul Zimmerman

Received Honorary Doctor of Law Degree From Toledo University


Publication: The Daily News

Huntingdon, PA, United States
vol. 43, no. 107, p. 7, col. 1-4

For First Time at Toledo U.




For the first time in the history of the University of Toledo, father and son received degrees at the same commencement. Harry R. Winkle, right, vice-chairman of the board of Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., received the honorary degree of doctor of laws at Toledo's commencement excercises. Later in the ceremony he presented a bachelor of science degree in biology to his son, William R. Winkle, left.

Father and Son Given

Degrees At University


TOLEDO Harry R. Winkle, vice chairman of the board of Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation, on Thursday received the honorary degree of doctor of laws from Toledo University.

At the same ceremonies, Winkle's son, William R., received a bachelor of science degree in biology. According to the university, it was the first time a father and a son received degrees at the same TU commencement.

Also awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree was W. Paul Zimmerman, retired executive vice president of Owens-Corning.

Winkle, a native of Lima, Ohio, is a veteran of more than 40 years in the glass industry. In 1923 he joined the accounting department of the American Bottle Company hose parent firm, the Owens-Bottle Company was later merged with Illinois Glass Company to form the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.

Winkle held various financial positions in the merged companies before becoming controller of Owens-Corning when it was established in 1938. In 1944 he was elected a vice president and, later, executive vice president and a member of the board. He was elected vice chairman of the board last December.

Winkle is a director of the National Bank of Toledo; a member of the board of the National Industrial Conference Board; a trustee of Toledo Hospital and Riverside Hospital of Toledo, and a member of the Toledo Club, the Toledo Country Club, the Fifth Avenue Club, New York, and the Rockwell Springs Trout Club and Castalia Trout Club, both in Castalia, Ohio. He is also a vestryman of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Maumee, Ohio.

His son, who was named to Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence, will enter the University of Kentucky in the fall for work on his master's and doctor's degrees in microbiology.

Zimmerman, a graduate of Miami University, joined the Hemingray Glass Company as secretary, following service as an infantry officer during World War I. He became a vice president of Owens-Corning when the company was formed in 1938 and retired as executive vice president in 1956.

Keywords:Hemingray Glass Company : Employees : Willard Paul Zimmerman
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:February 19, 2008 by: Glenn Drummond;