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Obituaries

Obituary: Ray Allen Dove

by Linda Wang
October 9, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 39

 

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Credit: Courtesy of Rita Dove
Ray Allen Dove

Ray Allen Dove, 98, died on May 26 in Akron, Ohio.

“My father was the first Black research chemist at any of the major US tire manufacturers. He ran the freight elevator at Goodyear Tire & Rubber for 6 years before the company dared offer him a position commensurate with his credentials. I knew nothing about this discrimination until I was an adult myself. His explanation was heartbreakingly simple: ‘I wanted my children to grow up hopeful, without bitterness—to believe that if they were qualified and worked hard enough, they could do anything.’ ”—Rita Dove, daughter

Most recent title: Section head, Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Education: BS, chemistry, 1947, and MS, chemistry, 1953, University of Akron

Survivors: Daughters, Rita, Rhonda Harrison, and Robin Waynesboro; son, Ray; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren

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