Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 016-017 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Architecture, Domestic -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township Subject
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GIANTS OF INDUSTRY CHOOSE BLOOMFIELD FOR
Up until about 1960, most of the rising and the rich chose
the Grosse Pointes as places to live. In Bloomfield there
were estates, but most board chairmen and presidents of
the large corporations which have headquarters in
Southeastern Michigan lived elsewhere.
Beginning late in the Fifties, Bloomfield began to attract
the attention of the executives moving into Detroit in the
great post-war automotive boom. By the early Sixties, all
four presidents of the large automobile companies lived
here-John Dykstra of Ford, John Gordon of General
Motors, Lynn T ownsend, of Chrysler and George Romney
of American Motors.
In this present year of 1976, board chairmen and
presidents of most of Detroit's large companies live here.
They include Chairman Thomas A. Murphy and President
Eliot M. Estes of General Motors; President Lee A. Iacocca,
of Ford; Chairman John J. Riccardo and President Hugh
Cafiero, of Chrysler; President Paul S. Mirabito, of
Burroughs; President Edward J. Giblin, of Ex-Cell-O;
President Gilbert F. Richards, of The Budd Company;
and President Joseph D. Williams, of Parke-Davis.
An interesting point about Parke-Davis is that the pharma-
ceutical company was co-founded by Hervey Parke, son
of Dr. Ezra Parke and nephew of Captain Hervey Parke of
our founding families. His grandson, Dr. Hervey C. Parke,
is with the company today. .
To round out our list of captains of industry whose homes
are here it's necessary to note that since the early Sixties,
every board chariman and every president of General
Motors has lived here. The distinguished list includes John
Gordon, James M. Roche, Edward D. Cole and Richard
Gerstenberg as well as the present executives Messrs.
Murphy and Estes mentioned above.
Countless vice presidents and other executives also call
Bloomfield home. Grosse Point, good-bye!