Jerome Lippman, a former tire plant employee who invented a grease-cutting soap to clean carbon black off his and his wife's hands, died March 2.
Mr. Lippman, founder and chairman of GOJO Industries Inc. in Akron, was 92. During World War II, he and his wife Goldie worked in Akron rubber plants and found the carbon black, tar and graphite difficult to remove. So in collaboration with Clarence Cook of Kent State University, Mr. Lippman invented the soap that could be used with or without water.
The couple originally named the product ``GoGo,'' using the first two letters of Mrs. Lippman's name. But that name was already trademarked, so Mr. Lippman replaced the second G with a J for his name.
After the war, Mr. Lippman made the product at night and sold it out of the back of his car during the day.
GOJO's headquarters are in the former Michelin North America Inc. headquarters in Akron.
Mr. Lippman was preceded in death by his first wife Goldie and his second wife Maggie. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, among other relatives and friends.