Corning Incorporated (Corning) leaders announced Amory Houghton Jr., died in his home last week – he was 93 years old.
Houghton served as Corning’s chairman and CEO from 1964 to 1983. He then went on to serve nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Houghton was called “Amo” by all who knew him, according to Corning.
“I can’t think of anyone who embodied leadership more than Amo. Although he officially retired as CEO the year I joined Corning, his influence was everywhere,” said Wendell Weeks, Corning chairman and CEO. “He inspired me with his belief in the power of technology to improve lives, his relentless pursuit of excellence, and his commitment to serve others. He truly believed that what you did for people was the most important thing.”
Houghton was named a member of the company’s board of directors as well as vice president of Corning Glass Works in 1957, before being appointed president in 1961. Then in 1964, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of Corning Glass Works.
He is survived by his brother Jamie; his children: Amory III; Robert; Sarah; Quincy; nine grandchildren and one great grandson.
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