PORTLAND, Ore.-Dan Grimshaw, one of the youngest presidents in the history of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, died May 22 in Portland of cancer. He was 68. Mr. Grimshaw grew up in the tire business, working after school at his father's company, Ray Grimshaw Inc. in Portland. He started in the firm's retreading operation and went on to become owner and president of the company from 1939 to 1978.
A member of the NTDRA's board of directors for more than 10 years, Mr. Grimshaw served a term as president in 1968-69, when he was just 42.
He was a founder of the association's Tire Retreading Institute and also aided in the formation of the NTDRA Young Executives Group.
During his presidential address to NTDRA members, Mr. Grimshaw said, ``If a man is known by the company he keeps, then I will always remember today with great pride. I am most honored to accept a position among the long list of distinguished leaders who have served as president of your association.''
Among those leaders was his father, Ray Grimshaw, as president of the National Association of Independent Tire Dealers, forerunner of the NTDRA, in 1945.
Dan Grimshaw also was active in the Oregon Tire Dealers Association, of which he was a past president.
He also participated in a number of civic and community groups.
From 1978 until 1993 he had been vice president and senior associate of the Martoch Associates consulting firm.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.
A. NEVILLE PROCTER, DUNLOP, EXEC
BUFFALO, N.Y.-A. Neville Procter, non-executive chairman of the
board of Dunlop Tire Corp., died at his Buffalo-area home May 20
after a brief illness. He was 71.
Mr. Procter began his career in Great Britain with Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd. after graduating from Edinburgh University in Scotland in 1950.
He opened and developed new and acquired tire plants for the company in Brazil, Spain and Nigeria and served for a time in England as personal assistant to Dunlop's marketing director and, later, its chairman.
In 1969, Mr. Procter was sent to Toronto as president of Dunlop's Canadian operations. A year later, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Buffalo-based Dunlop Tire & Rubber Corp., with responsibility for all of North America.
He soon became the firm's chief executive, a position he held until 1984, shortly before a management-led leveraged buyout made the
company an independent tire maker.
Though no longer an executive of the company, Mr. Procter remained
on its board of directors and was named non-executive chairman in
1991, the position he held at the time of his death.
Mr. Procter also served on the board of directors for Trico Products Corp., a Buffalo-based maker of windshield wiper blades.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, a son, two daughters and five grandchildren.