Trustee Ron Roudebush dies

By Website Administrator | Jan 10, 2002

Ronald L. Roudebush, who graduated from GMI in 1970 and served as a member of Kettering University's Board of Trustees since 1992, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Cincinnati from complications of pneumonia.

Ronald L. Roudebush, who graduated from GMI in 1970 and served as a member of Kettering University's Board of Trustees since 1992, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Cincinnati from complications of pneumonia. He was 54.

Roudebush earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and began his automotive career at General Motors-Delco Remy Division. Most of his GM assignments were in engineering and manufacturing.

In a long and distinguished career, he also served as vice president of three divisions for the Rockwell International Corp. and president of Rockwell Automotive, a global component supplier to the automotive and truck industry. In July 1997, he was elected vice chairman and CEO of Standard Products Co. in Dearborn. When Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. bought Standard Products, he assumed the title of vice chairman of Standard Products and became adirector on the board of Cooper Tire & Rubber.

His civic and service awards include the Michigan Education Association's Business, Labor & Industry Award in 1994, the Automotive Industry Action Group's 1994 Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award, United Way's Gold Award for more than 20 years of outstanding employee and company support, and for undertaking an instrumental role in establishing Rockwell's support for educational opportunities including Vision 2000 - A Worldin Motion and ISEF 2000, international science and engineering fairs. Both organizations promote math and science to youth.

Along with a decade of service to the Kettering Board of Trustees, Roudebush was a member of President's Council and the recipient of the 75th Anniversary Award, Diamond Jubilee Award and the Alumni Association's Management Achievement Award.

His wife, Cinda, of Cincinnati, survives him.

Two memorial services are planned. The Ohio service is Sunday, Jan. 13, with visitation from1-4 p.m. and services at 4 p.m. at the Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory in Cincinnati. The Michigan service is planned for Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Bloomfield Hills Country Club, 1-4 p.m.

Memorials may be sent to the Ronald L. and Cinda S. Roudebush Foundation, P.O. Box 54103, Cincinnati, OH, 45254, or the Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati, 4527 Reading Road, Suite B, Cincinnati, OH 45229.