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Martin H. Dubilier ’50

Published in Nov. 20, 1991, issue

SADLY, LUNG CANCER claimed our brilliant classmate, Marty Dubilier, on Sept. 4, 1991, just four days after his 65th birthday. At his death he was chairman of the New York investment firm of Clayton & Dubilier, which he helped found in 1978. Inventor of a rustresistant train track at age 12, Marty nearly followed in the footsteps of his father, who accumulated more than 300 patents in his lifetime. However, after earning his electrical engineering degree he went on to Harvard Business School. After graduation in 1952, stints followed at McKinsey& Co., I.T.T., and Friden, until 1968, when he became C.F.O. at Kearney National, a diversified manufacturer, and later at Sterndent Corp. Since 1978 Clayton & Dubilier has purchased 16 businesses, with combined sales of $10 billion. These included many that other buyout kings had scorned. Marty's real interest was in building businesses and companies, in helping them grow. Colleagues delighted not only in his astute operating skills but also in his quirky sense of humor and unwillingness to take himself too seriously.

Marty lived in Greenwich, Conn., and is survived by two sons, Michael and William; a daughter, Patricia Coughlin; and one grandchild. To all of them the Class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1950

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