Important Technology CEO Dies Almost Unnoticed; Shred Of Human Decency, Lack Of Turtlenecks Blamed

Robert W. Galvin, the retired chairman and chief executive of Motorola who guided his family’s business into a new technological frontier and put palm-sized telephones into pockets and purses everywhere, died Oct. 11 in Chicago. He was 89. No cause of death was reported. The death was confirmed by a family spokesman, James David. Before Galvin took over in 1959, Motorola was already known as a pioneer in the communications field. But it was under his 30-year stewardship that the company would make history. Founded by his father, Paul Galvin, and uncle, Joseph Galvin, the company introduced in 1930 the first commercial car radio, which they called the Motorola. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)