Industry Legend Joe Kellman Passes Away
January 8, 2010
|Though Joe Kellman (shown here in a 1993 file
photo) long ago retired from the auto glass industry, his legacy
is one that continues to impact the way the industry operates
Legendary auto glass entrepreneur Joe Kellman passed away yesterday
on his 90th birthday. (CLICK
HERE for related story about Kellmans 90th birthday.)
Kellman got his start in the glass industry at the age of 14 when
he worked at his fathers small glass shop, Globe Glass. When
his father died, his brother Maury took over the manufacturing division
of the business and Kellman was given two small retail glass shops.
The two shops grew into what was at one time was the countrys
largest privately owned auto glass chain.
The company also created what many say was the first nationwide
auto glass network, the Chicago-based Globe Glass/U.S. Glass Network.
Globe Glass merged with Windshields America in 1996, creating Vistar,
which merged with Safelite in 1997.
Kellman and his wife, Lou Anne, had retired to San Diego many years
In addition to his work in the auto glass industry, Kellman was
known for his charitable work. He founded the Chicago-based Better
Boys Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to help inner-city
children in the west side community of North Lawndale where he grew
up, in 1961 with his longtime friend and entertainer Buddy Hackett.
In 1988, Kellman founded the Corporate Community School of America
(now known as the Kellman Corporate Community School), also for
the North Lawndale community. Just two years ago, the Joe Kellman
Family Foundation helped to build a new community center, the Kellman
Community Center, in North Lawndale, to further the work of the
Better Boys Foundation.
At press time, no details on the arrangements had been made available.
HERE for the text of an interview AGRR publisher Debra
Levy conducted with Kellman in 1993.
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