1912 - 1986
||Wilbert Lee Gore |
||25 Jan 1912
||Meridian, Ada, Idaho 
||Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah 
- Rosco B. Gore, 34, insurance agent, born in Illinois. Dora C. Gore, 32, born in Utah. Edna Gore, 9, born in Utah. Wilbert Gore, 7, born in Idaho. Anna Gore, 6, born in Idaho. Margaret Gore, 3 yrs 9 mos, born in Idaho. Annie A. Clark, 65, born in Australia.
||Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah 
- Roscoe B. Gore, 44, barber shop, born in Illinois. Dora C. Gore, 41, born in Utah. Edna Gore, 19, born in Utah. Wilbert Gore, 18, born in Idaho. Anna Gore, 16, born in Idaho. Margaret Gore, 14, born in Idaho. Blaine Gore, 8, born in Utah. Rodney Gore, 2 ys 8 mos, born in Utah. Annie Clark, 75, born in Australia.
||Wind River Mount, Wind River, Wyoming
||26 Jul 1986
||Lander, Wind River, Wyoming 
Wilbert L. "Bill" Gore (1912?1986) was a businessman and entrepreneur who co-founded W. L. Gore and Associates with his wife, Genevieve (Vieve). He gained international attention and respect for nurturing the company from a home-based family business into a worldwide corporation while practicing a unique management style that emphasized freedom, fairness, commitment and "waterline" decision-making in an open and creative work environment.
Trained as a chemical engineer and chemist, his technical interests included polymer engineering, applications of statistical methods to experimentation, and methods of operations research. He held patents in the fields of plastics, fluorocarbons, and electronics. He was also an active outdoorsman.
Born in Idaho in 1912, Bill Gore held degrees in chemical engineering (B.S., 1933) and physical chemistry (M.S., 1935) from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. His early career included employment at American Smelting and Refining Company, Remington Arms, and the DuPont Company. In 1957, Gore left a career with DuPont to pursue an idea for making electronic ribbon cable for use in computers that was insulated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
Bill and Vieve started their company in the basement of their Newark, Delaware home in 1958. Under Gore's leadership, the company grew from a modest business into an international corporation known best for its waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabrics. Today, the company has a broad portfolio of products based on PTFE that include cables for electronic signal transmission, diverse industrial applications, medical implants and laminated fabrics.
Gore served as president of W. L. Gore & Associates until he stepped down in 1976. However, Gore maintained his position as Chairman of the Board until his death. He died of a heart attack in July 1986 while on a backpacking trip in Wyoming's Wind River Range.
Bill Gore was honored with numerous business, education, and community awards, including a University of Delaware Medal of Distinction (1983) and an honorary doctorate in humanities (1971) from Westminster College. In 1985, Bill Gore received the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind, which honored Gore's Medical Products Division. The award is given in recognition of polymers that have provided a significant service for mankind. He was inducted posthumously into The Plastics Hall of Fame in 1990. Bill and Vieve Gore donated generously to educational institutions, community services and charity.
||29 May 2011 |
||Roscoe Blaine Gore, b. 8 Mar 1885, Lacon, Marshall, Illinois , d. 2 Mar 1939, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah |
||Dora Bain Clark, b. 20 Nov 1887, Alpine, Utah, Utah , d. 21 Apr 1980, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah |
||26 Nov 1909
||Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
- [S167] Utah, Utah, Alpine - Alpine Cemetery, Utah, Utah County, Alpine Cemetery, Wilbert Lee Gore, tombstone, born Jan. 25, 1912, died Jul 26, 1986 (Reliability: 3).
- [S198] Utah, Salt Lake, Salt Lake City - 1920 - Federal Census, Utah, Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, (www.ancestry.com).
- [S294] Utah, Salt Lake, Salt Lake City - 1930 - Federal Census, Utah, Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, (www.ancestry.com).