Richard E. McGinnis  1922 - 2018  

Richard E. (Dick) McGinnis
was born on December 20, 1922, and died on May 3, 2018, at the age of 95.

Dick graduated from Wadsworth (Ohio) High School in 1940 as class president and captain of the football and basketball teams.   He entered Oberlin College on a scholarship and after two years enlisted in the Naval Air Corps.  He earned his wings and commission as a fighter pilot.   He returned to Oberlin College after receiving an honorable discharge and graduated in the class of 1947 with a degree in economics.   There he met his beautiful wife, Mary, class of 1949, and they were married in September of that year.

Dick began his business career as sales trainee with Gregory Industries, an international manufacturer of welding equipment and industrial fasteners and formed metal parts.   He was President and a Director when Gregory was acquired by TRW, Inc. in 1968.   In 1970 Dick was promoted and moved to Boston as a Group Vice President.   He was Chief Executive Officer of twelve divisions and subsidiaries in most of the major automotive and industrial markets in the world, producing metal and plastic parts and electro-mechanical and electronic parts.

Dick retired from TRW, Inc. in 1983, but continued an active schedule as a director and consultant.   He was a Trustee of the Lahey Clinic and Chairman of the Operating and Finance Committee;  and non-executive Chairman of the Board of Bird Johnson Co., at that time the largest manufacturer of propellers and propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy submarines, destroyers, and cruisers.

Dick and Mary were both avid golfers, and each had five verified holes-in-one. He was a Director of the Weston Golf Club in Weston, MA, and of the Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, FL.   They moved from Weston to Osterville, MA, on Cape Cod in 1987 and built homes in both Osterville and Naples. While living on the Cape, Dick and Mary were members of the Oyster Harbors Golf Club.   In 2004, Dick and Mary sold both of their residences and moved into Moorings Park Retirement Community in Naples, FL.

Dick is survived by his wife, Mary;  son John McGinnis and his wife, Mary, of Durham, NC;  grandson Oliver McGinnis of San Anselmo, CA;  daughter Katherine Ellis of Owings Mills, MD;  and granddaughter Lynn Ellis of Sagamore Hills, OH.

Honoring Dick's wishes, no services are planned.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Avow Hospice @  (1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105) or Moorings Park Foundation @  (120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, FL 34105).

   Dick McGinnis
   Wadsworth High School
   Graduating Class of 1940      


WHS Whisperer Annual Staff, 1939-40.  First Row: Bert Van Duzer, Jane Malaney, Doris Hoff, Joe Dispenza, Ardis Taylor, Donna Brown.  Second Row: Mr. R. B. Sunderman, Advisor, Don Blair, Pat Simester, Dick McGinnis, Virginia Young, Clair Critchbaum.
WHS Grizzly Football Team, 1939. 
First Row: Bert Van Duzer, Mgr. 12, Andrew Oross 12, H.B., Clair Krichbaum, 12, Q.B., "Gus" Mills, Capt. 12, F.B., Bob Abrams, 12, E., Art Shannon, 12, C., Bill Parmelee, 11, C.  Middle Row: Mr. Wayne Gift, Coach, Bill Kahl, 12, G., Bob Mann, 11, F.B., Bill Barton, 11, E., Lyle Pike, 12, T., Dick McGinnis, 12, T., Joe Dispenza, 12, T., Dale Houglan, 11, T., Mr. Howard Dailey, Line Coach. Back Row: Jack Smith, 10, G., Joe Cacciola, 11., G., Ray Rohrer, 11, H.B., Art Storm, 11, Q.B., Ray Petit, 12, E., Jim Marrin, 11. Q.B., Bob Bassett, 12, G., Gordon Houston, 12, G.  

WHS Grizzly Varsity Basketball Squad, 1939-40.  Front: Jim Daley, 12, Dick McGinnis, 12, Bob Rasor, 12, Don Blair, 12, Bill Barton, 11.  Back: Dib Zbinden, 12, Andy Oross, 12, Clair Krichbaum, 12, Jack Golz, 9, Ray Petit, 12, Mr. Howard Dailey, Coach.
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