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John De Gorter passes away at 81

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John De Gorter, 81, of Charlotte, N.C., died peacefully Sept. 16 surrounded by his family. A well-known and respected figure in the flat glass industry for more than 60 years, De Gorter was a member of the National Glass Association, McLean, Va., since its inception in 1948. He and his father, Daniel, were responsible for the importation of glass from Belgium and France. De Gorter was president of the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce from 1981 through 1985, helping to promote business activities between Belgian and American companies.

Father and son founded Franklin Glass Co., which held the patent for manufacturing the first bronze sheet glass in the United States. Franklin Glass has products in such well-known structures as the Seagram Building in Manhattan and the United States Air Force Academy just outside of Colorado Springs. In the early 1970s, De Gorter had the foresight to begin importing glass fabricating machinery from Europe and became a leader in that field until his retirement from John De Gorter Inc., in 2007. He was well known throughout the flat glass machinery trade and will be remembered by his peers for his endless drive and determination, along with his pleasant ways.De Gorter is survived by his wife of 58 years, Denise; his daughter Deborah of Bethesda, Md.; his son Richard Daniel of Merrick, N.Y.; his son Peter of Charlotte; and his sister, Francine Chrisler-Moloney of St. Louis. He had nine grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society.

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