1962 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"People are a company's most important assets."
Edwin Thomas worked as a part-time clerk while attending high school. After graduation, he became a stenographer. He took a factory-training course and worked nights to complete it. At Goodyear Industrial University, he took it upon himself to learn all aspects of engineering, purchasing, costs, personnel, production, sales, and management. He was made assistant factory manager and was assigned to several Goodyear plants. Twenty-four years after he started at Goodyear, Thomas was named president. As chairman of the board, he directed the world's largest rubber company. He guided Goodyear into diversified fields of chemicals and plastics, aerospace, metal, shoe, film, foam, flooring, industrial rubber goods, and defense activities. The performing arts hall on the campus of the University of Akron is named for him.* Deceased