YADKINVILLE, N.C.-Longtime tire dealer Clarence I.W. Baity of Baity Tire Service died July 16 at age 75.
Mr. Baity went into the tire business with his brother, Charles, in 1956 when they helped their uncle reopen Baity Tire Service in Courtney, N.C., after serving in the Korean War.
He opened a Winston-Salem, N.C., location in 1968 and operated the retail/wholesale dealership for 50 years, celebrating his golden anniversary in the tire business in March.
Despite undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, his family said, Mr. Baity continued to go to work every day at the dealership, which also has a store in Yadkinville.
A daughter, Paula Beam, said he will be remembered for his honesty and integrity. ``He is Baity Tire...I saw him turn away a lot of business because he said the customer didn't need (unnecessary services). So people kept coming back to him because of that.''
Mr. Baity was a member of the North Carolina Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and was active with community organizations.
He is survived by his wife Estelle; another daughter, Cherry Greene; three grandchildren; a step-grandchild; a brother and a sister.
NEW YORK-Trinka Davis Rynne, the founder and owner of Intertex World Resources Ltd. in Akron, died Aug. 17. She was 72.
In the 1970s Ms. Rynne inherited Trintex Corp., a maker of specialty tires and wheels in Bowdon, Ga., that was founded by her father.
When fire destroyed most of the company's equipment in 1978, she opted to rebuild the operation.
In 1990 she founded Intertex World Resources Ltd., a trader in synthetic rubber with offices in Bowdon and Moscow. She sold Trintex to Carlisle Companies Inc. in 2004 but continued as sole owner of Intertex.
She lived most of her adult life in New York and was involved with charities for the blind and for wounded military veterans.
T. Sekhar made first attempt to devulcanize rubber commercially
CHENNAI, India-Tan Sri Dr. Balachandra C. Sekhar, 76, former director of the Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia (RRIM), died of a heart attack Sept. 6 in Chennai.
Mr. Sekhar joined the RRIM as an assistant chemist in 1949, was appointed director in 1966 and served in that post until retiring in 1993.
In retirement, Mr. Sekhar became the first person to attempt to commercialize a rubber devulcanization process. With the Russian scientist Vitaly Kormer, he invented the ``De-Link'' process, which used a patented blend of commonly available chemicals that, according to Mr. Sekhar, returned vulcanized rubber to 75 percent of its virgin properties.