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In Memoriam: Ben W. Heineman, Sr.

Ben W. Heineman Sr. passed away Sunday, August 5, at the age of 98. He had a massive stroke and never regained consciousness, but had been in remarkably good health for his age. Born in Wausau, Wisconsin, Heineman was the president of the Chicago and North Western Railroad, which he modernized and returned to profitability before selling it to its employees.  He was a supporter of many civic causes, notably the Lyric Opera.  Ben and his wife, Natalie, to whom he was married nearly 75 years before her death in 2010, were avid collectors of contemporary studio glass art. They donated their collection, which spanned a period of 21 years of collecting, to the Corning Museum of Glass in 2006.  Ben is survived by his son and daughter, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Ben's son is Ben W. Heineman, Jr., a former Senior VP and General Counsel of General Electric, currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Harvard; his daughter is Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper, a noted child psychology expert and author.

To read an article from the New York Times about Mr. Heineman, click here.

| Posted 12 Aug 07

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